Arlen Specter: I Have Cancer
Former senator had been hospitalized
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2012 6:29 AM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2012 11:29 AM CDT
In this June 6, 2009 file photo, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., addresses the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee Meeting in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – After it was revealed Arlen Specter is seriously ill and had been hospitalized, he confirms to the Philadelphia Inquirer that he is fighting cancer again. The 82-year-old battled Hodgkin's disease in 2005 and again in 2008. "I am battling cancer, and it's another battle I intend to win," Specter said in a statement. "I am looking forward to getting back to work, to the comedy stage, the squash court, and the ballpark." A source previously told CNN the former senator was diagnosed with a "serious form of cancer" six weeks ago, and had "a big flare up" last night.