Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan diagnosed with cancer
Governor Larry Hogan (L) and first lady Yumi Hogan pray at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Baltimore on May 3, 2015. Photo by Sait Serkan Gurbuz for Reuters.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who took office in January, said on Monday he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer of the lymph nodes.

Hogan, 59, told a news conference in the capital, Annapolis, that he would continue to work while undergoing chemotherapy to treat the non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

"I'm feeling pretty good," he said, adding that he had a good chance of beating the disease altogether. Hogan called the diagnosis "shocking news" and said the cancer has spread to his abdomen and was pressing up against his spine.

Feeling ill, Hogan had canceled meetings and appointments since returning from a trade mission to Asia about two weeks ago.

Hogan upset Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown last November to win the governorship after campaigning on a tax-cutting platform.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson and Eric Beech in Washington)