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Rep. Alcee Hastings undergoing cancer treatment

‘I feel hopeful about survival and about my ability to continue serving my constituents,’ Florida congressman says

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment in Washington.

The Florida Democrat said in a statement released Monday that he is being treated at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has served in the House since 1993.

“I was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and in the midst of this traumatizing news, I found myself wondering not only if I would survive this disease, but also if it would impact my ability to perform my duties,” Hastings said. “Now that I have begun treatment, I feel hopeful about survival and about my ability to continue serving my constituents of Florida’s 20th Congressional district and the nation.”

He added: “Should it become clear that this cancer which has invaded my body cannot be defeated, I will tell you so.”

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