Sen. Angus King begins radiation treatment for ‘residual prostate cancer’

This is Maine independent’s third cancer diagnosis overall

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is undergoing radiation treatments for “residual prostate cancer,” he announced Friday. (Sarah Silibiger/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Angus King is undergoing radiation treatments for residual prostate cancer, the Maine independent announced Friday.

This is King’s second bout with prostate cancer and his third diagnosis overall. He had skin cancer decades ago.

“What it means for my work in the Senate? Absolutely nothing,” King said in a statement. “I have been assured by my doctors, as recently as this morning, that I will remain healthy through my current Senate term and beyond. I don’t expect to miss a single vote, hearing, or constituent meeting.”

The senator will undergo radiation treatment five days a week, which he anticipates doing for 20 minutes in the morning at George Washington Hospital until the middle of March.

King said that his service in the Senate or in his home state won’t suffer. But he said his almost 17,000 Instagram followers “are about to see a lot more ‘sunrise over the Capitol’ posts.”

“I’m not worried and you shouldn’t be either. In the meantime, I’ll keep you up to speed on my progress and I plan to be back to snapping sunsets in no time,” King said.

King, a former two-term Maine governor, had his entire prostate and some adjacent tissue removed in 2015, and was cancer free until this recent diagnosis.

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