STATE – U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has been diagnosed with cancer in the stomach and will begin receiving chemotherapy treatment.
“After several days of hospitalization and testing, Senator Lautenberg’s doctors have diagnosed that he has a B-Cell Lymphoma of the stomach,” the senator’s office said in a statement. “This is a curable tumor, and will require treatment over the next few months.
Lautenberg is under the care of Dr. James F. Holland and Dr. Martin Goldman of Mount Sinai Medical Center, according to his office.
“We expect a full and complete recovery for Senator Lautenberg,” Holland said in a statement released through the senator’s office. “The senator will be treated with chemotherapy administered approximately every three weeks. We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate.”
The 86-year-old Democrat fell at his Cliffside Park home on Monday. Tests determined that Lautenberg had fallen due to blood loss from a bleeding ulcer. Additional tests found that the ulcer was caused by the cancer.
Lautenberg plans to finish his current term and seek re-election in 2014, according to an aide.
“Frank Lautenberg is my friend and partner in the Senate, and if there’s one thing I know about him, it’s that he is New Jersey tough,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). “Between his strength and his doctor’s statements, I am confident that he won’t miss a beat in continuing his crucial work in the Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Lautenberg, and I look forward to fighting for New Jersey families together with him for years to come.”
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