Former Democratic leader Harry Reid is being treated for pancreatic cancer

Former Democratic leader Harry Reid is being treated for pancreatic cancer

Former Democratic leader Harry Reid is being treated for pancreatic cancer

A former boxer who grew up poor in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, Reid rose to the one of the most powerful positions in American politics as Nevada's longest-serving senator.

"They caught it early". According to a statement from Reid's family, the problem was detected early and the surgery went well.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the longest-serving US senator in Nevada history, underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his pancreas and will undergo chemotherapy treatment, according to a statement released by his family on Monday.

"He'll bear chemotherapy as the following step in his therapy".

Reid, 78, was "in good spirits", the family said.

His former colleagues sent their well-wishes, including over Twitter. Reid retired from the Senate in 2017.

As Senate majority leader during the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama, Reid helped pass major legislation that included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Republican Sen. John McCain tweeted, "From one cantankerous senator to another, sending my prayers & best wishes to @SenatorReid as he recovers from a successful surgery". "Harry is a fighter - literally and figuratively - I know he is going to approach his recovery with the same energy and tenacity and resolve that defined his public life". Catherine Cortez Masto, and as leader of Senate Democrats by New York Sen.

Pancreatic cancer is responsible for 3% of all cancers and 7% of all cancer deaths in the Unites States, according to the American Cancer Society.

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