Dodd diagnosed with prostate cancer

The Connecticut senator will undergo surgery during the recess


Alex Koppelman
July 31, 2009 8:24PM (UTC)

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., announced Friday that he's been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. He will undergo surgery during Congress' recess next month, and then expects to have a "brief recuperation" before going back to work.

"As you have probably noticed, I'm working some long and hard hours lately," the Hartford Courant quotes him as saying. "And that will continue."

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Prostate cancer is treatable, especially when caught early, and Dodd wouldn't be the first senator to be diagnosed with it and eventually be able to get back to work: Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., among others, had it.

Dodd will be holding a press conference later Friday afternoon to discuss his health. He has already said he still plans to run for reelection; he's facing a tough fight in 2010.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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