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 25 comments Comments 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.