Harry Reid Treated for Pancreatic Cancer, According to Reports

Condition caught early, says person close to the former majority leader

Former Sen. Harry Reid has reportedly undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The generally grave cancer diagnosis was made early, according to multiple media reports citing sources close to the Nevada Democrat.

“They caught it early. The doctors believe it went well, and he is expected to make a full recovery,” a source told the Nevada Independent.

Shortly after reports of the surgery surfaced, Reid’s family put out a statement. 

“Today, Former Democratic Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center to remove a tumor from his pancreas. His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good. He will undergo chemotherapy as the next step in his treatment. He is now out of surgery, in good spirits and resting with his family. He is grateful to his highly skilled team of doctors and to all who have sent and continue to send their love and support,” the statement said. 

His former colleagues sent their well wishes, including over Twitter. 

“Praying for my good friend and mentor, @SenatorReid, and his entire family. Wishing him a full and speedy recovery,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev. 

Reid retired from the Senate at the end of the last Congress.

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