Gravelle will receive several rounds of chemotherapy in Thunder Bay.

During an interview with CBC News, he said he felt conflicted about going public with the diagnosis, and added he didn’t want people to think he was taking advantage of a disease to gain public sympathies.

He “kept running into so many people at the cancer centre” that word was bound to get out, he said, and noted he didn't want people to think he was hiding his diagnosis.

"I felt it was very important for them to know about my health situation," Gravelle said

PP Michael Gravelle 'optimistic' about cancer diagnosis

Thunder Bay-Superior North member of provincial parliament says he will keep working