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It's understood he requires surgery soon for a lung condition.
Mr Brokenshire, 50, took the role in July 2016, replacing Theresa Villiers.
He was first elected as the Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup in May 2010. He was subsequently re-elected in 2015 and again in 2017 with more than 60% of the vote.
He lives in Bexley with his wife, Catherine, and the couple's three children.
Before entering parliament, Mr Brokenshire was a partner in an international law firm.
From May 2011 to May 2015, he served as security minister at the Home Office.
That role included supporting Mrs May, the then home secretary, with oversight of the work of MI5 and the national police counter-terrorism network.
His responsibilities also included the government's counter-terrorism strategy and he was part of the prime minister's extremism taskforce.
He also led negotiations with the Jordanian government to secure the deportation of the radical cleric Abu Qatada.