Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., says he is suffering from stage 4 kidney cancer.
Hagedorn, a first-term congressman, announced the disease had been detected while he underwent a routine physical examination a year ago, according to Roll Call. He vowed to continue working in Congress.
“Exactly two months after marrying my wife, Jennifer, and just six weeks into my job as the First District's congressman, I was given unexpected and rather shocking news," Hagedorn said.
"Just like millions of other Americans, I was told by my doctor: you have cancer. After prayers and long talks with those closest to me, I was determined to fight it like hell."
His treatment has included immunotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
"I am also grateful for the regimen of immunotherapy, recently approved by the FDA as a treatment for kidney cancer,” he said. “Guided by the Good Lord’s healing hands, the treatments are helping my body’s immune system identify and kill the cancer cells.”
In a video posted on his official website, he added: “I’m happy to report that I’m feeling great. I’ve continued to do my job in Congress unimpeded and I’ve not missed a single vote due to treatment.”
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