Lautenberg, Battling Stomach Lymphoma, Leaves Hospital

Posted February 25, 2010 at 6:16pm

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who is being treated for lymphoma of the stomach, was released from the hospital today.

The Senator “is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from New Jerseyans all across the state and is anxious to get back to work,” spokesman Caley Gray said in a statement. “The Senator feels good and his doctors are encouraged by the progress he is making.”

Lautenberg had been staying at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. His cancer diagnosis was announced Friday, and the 86 year-old swiftly began chemotherapy treatments that are expected to continue over the next two months.

The five-term Senator was sent to the hospital Feb. 15 after falling at his home in Cliffside, N.J., which doctors said was caused by blood loss from an ulcer. Further tests revealed Lautenberg had B-Cell Lymphoma of the stomach.

Aides expect Lautenberg to continue working while he is undergoing treatment, and travel to Washington when able to cast votes. Lautenberg’s last vote in the Senate was on Feb. 9.