Frank Lautenberg Has Cancer
Frank Lautenberg has stomach cancer, which his doctors tell him is treatable which he expects “a full and complete recovery.”
The Democrat still plans to finish out his current term — his fifth in the Senate — and seek re-election in 2014.
“This doesn’t change any of that,” Lautenberg’s chief aide, Dan Katz, said of the senator’s political plans. “After he receives his treatment, back to normal.”
Moments ago, Lautenberg’s office issued a statement from the senator’s oncologist, James F. Holland, saying:
“We expect a full and complete recovery for Senator Lautenberg. The senator will be treated with chemotherapy administered approximately every three weeks. We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate.”
Lautenberg took ill Monday while at home in Cliffside Park. He fell down and phoned his doctor and an ambulance. The senator directed the ambulance to transport him to Manhattan for treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he has been hospitalized ever since. Lautenberg never lost consciousness, his aides said.
Doctors quickly determined that Lautenberg had fallen due to blood loss from a bleeding ulcer. The bleeding was stopped during an endoscopy. Additional pathology tests revealed the ulcer was caused by a b-cell lymphoma of the stomach.
One never wants to hear the “C-word” from one’s doctor, let alone as an 86-year-old. But it’s good news that he’s seeing top doctors and that they expect his recovery.
You’d think that, at 86, he’d call it quits rather than seeking to get re-elected at the age of 90. Especially since he’d already retired once — a decade ago! He was recruited to run again in the great Torrecelli switcheroo of 2002 and has been there ever since.
But, hey, it’s ultimately his call and that of the voters of New Jersey.