Sen. James Seward will take time off after the cancer he contracted in 2016 has recurred, his office said on Wednesday in a statement.

Seward, a Republican who represents parts of central New York and the Southern Tier, will keep his offices open and his staff will continue to provide assistance to constituents.

“My physicians have recommended a series of treatments over the next several weeks that will limit my availability and curtail my normal, active district schedule,” Seward said. “While I will be taking some time to concentrate on getting better, my offices will remain open and my capable staff will continue to assist constituents with their state-related needs.”

He added, “I look forward to completion of my treatment protocol and returning shortly to serve the good people of the 51st Senatorial District as we anticipate the start of the new legislative session.”