Dodd Undergoes Prostate Surgery

Posted August 11, 2009 at 3:43pm

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) underwent surgery for early stage prostate cancer Tuesday, with his office deeming the procedure a success.“The surgery was a success and Senator Dodd is doing well,˜ a statement from Dodd’s office said. “After a brief recuperation at home with his family, he is looking forward to getting back to work later this month on behalf of the people of Connecticut.—The release included a statement from Dr. Peter Scardino, chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where Dodd was treated.“The surgery was successful and the Senator is now resting comfortably,— Scardino said. “He is expected to be in the hospital for a few days. It is anticipated that he will be able to return to full activity within a few weeks.—Dodd, 65, announced that he had prostate cancer at a press conference on July 31. The Connecticut Democrat, who is up for re-election next year, maintained that he had a good prognosis and would continue his bid for a sixth term. Dodd is the chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and has also been a key player in the Senate on health care reform this year. He stood in for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, to draft and pass a health care bill out of the panel earlier this summer.