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According to the Hartford Courant, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) has been diagnosed with "early-stage prostate cancer":
U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.
Dodd is scheduled to undergo surgery during the Senate's August recess and said he expects to be back at work after a "brief recuperation" at home.
"It's something that's very common among men my age,'' said Dodd, who is 65 and the father of two young daughters. "In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their life.'' Dodd, a Democrat who is up for re-election in November 2010, said he feels fine. "As you have probably noticed, I'm working some long and hard hours lately,'' he said. "And that will continue."
Dodd, a Democrat, said he feels fine and intends to run for re-election in November 2010. "As you have probably noticed, I'm working some long and hard hours lately,'' he said. "And that will continue."
Dodd is scheduled to hold a press conference this afternoon at 2 p.m. at his Hartford office.
Obviously, this is horrible news, but this was caught early and, as the Courant notes, prostate cancer survivors "include Sen. John Kerry, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun."
Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Originally posted to emilysdad on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:24 AM PDT.