Bishop, right, announced Friday that has been diganosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment.
Characterizing it as a “temporary, yet serious health issue,” Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., announced a recent cancer diagnosis to his constituents and colleagues on Friday.
“During the summer, I noticed a small lump in my neck near my shirt collar,” Sanford said in a statement. “My doctors conducted some diagnostic tests and discovered that the lump was a lymph node that was involved with a cancer that started in my throat. Last month, I began a course of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor that will be followed by a surgery to remove any that remains.”
Sanford said his doctors at the George Washington University Hospital determined the cancer was limited to his neck.
“They are optimistic that this tumor will be cured and my therapy will conclude in the next few months. While this is a serious health condition, my faith in God and confidence in my medical team in Washington, and at home, make me equally optimistic,” he said.
Sanford, 66, has served in Congress since 1993. He says he does not expect to be away from his duties for more than a “brief period.”
“My wife, Vivian, and our entire family thank you for your prayers and support as we move through this period of treatment and recovery.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.