Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former Democratic leader Harry Reid is being treated for pancreatic cancer

Former Democratic leader Harry Reid is being treated for pancreatic cancer

Reid, a one-time amateur boxer and Capitol Police officer from Searchlight, Nevada, served five terms in the Senate, beginning in 1987.

Former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery on Monday to remove the tumor, his family announced.

Reid underwent surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital cancer center in Maryland after a routine screening detected the tumor, according to a family statement released by Reid's former deputy chief of staff, Adam Jentleson.

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Senator Chuck Schumer, Reid's successor as Senate Democratic leader, said in a Twitter post: "Spoken to family and it seems @SenatorReid's operation went well". Reid, a former Democratic Senate leader, will receive chemotherapy in the next phase of his treatment, the statement said. "We are all praying for dear Harry's speedy recovery", he tweeted Monday afternoon. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., who took Reid's seat after he retired after more than 30 years in Congress.

Reid underwent surgery in 2015 after he fell and injured his eye while exercising at his home in Henderson. In October 2012, he suffered rib and hip contusions in a chain-reaction auto crash.

The 78-year-old now serves alongside former Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, as co-chair of the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute. John McCain, R-Arizona, tweeted. I'm confident his battle with cancer is no different. Amy Klobuchar, D-Mass., echoed.

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