Austin's doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, who had prostate cancer surgery in December, announced yesterday that the minister's recovery process is going well, saying, "Secretary Austin's prostate cancer was treated early and effectively."

An official from the US Department of Defense said that Austin will return to his duties on Monday.

US Secretary Austin underwent surgery for prostate cancer treatment on December 22 last year. On January 1, Austin was hospitalized again due to various complications "including severe abdominal, hip and leg pain and nausea" and was found to have a urinary tract infection.

Austin, who stayed in the hospital for two weeks, was discharged on January 15 after his treatment.