Former Senator Harry Reid Diagnosed With Cancer

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday for pancreatic cancer. According to a statement from Reid’s family, the problem was detected early and the surgery went well.

“Today, Former Democratic Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center to remove a tumor from his pancreas. His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good.”

The statement also indicated that Reid is planning to continue treatment once he has fully recovered from surgery, beginning with chemotherapy.

Friends in the Senate sent thoughts and prayers Reid’s way shortly after the news broke.

Reid’s family concluded their statement by thanking the team of doctors working with him. “He is now out of surgery, in good spirits and resting with his family. He is grateful to his highly skilled team of doctors and to all who have sent and continue to send their love and support,” the statement said.

Reid, 78, left the Senate in 2016 after serving for 30 years. He currently co-chairs the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute with former House Speaker John Boehner.