UC Irvine Medical Center officials Monday said they could not comment on reports that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer here over the summer.

An aide close to Romney, 70, told ABC News that the former Massachusetts governor was successfully treated by Dr. Thomas Ahlering.

A spokesman for the hospital said state and federal laws prohibit any comment on the reports.

“State and federal health privacy regulations … prevent me from confirming whether a patient received treatment or providing treatment details without that patient’s expressed written authorization,” said John Murray of UCI Medical Center. “This statement should not be construed to imply that a specific patient did or did not receive treatment at UC Irvine Medical Center.”

Romney is considered a strong possibility to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, where longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

–City News Service

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