Specter's Cancer Returns

Pennsylvania Republican, 78, says he'll work while undergoing chemotherapy
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 7:26 PM CDT
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., talks about his new book, "Never Give In Battling Cancer in the Senate", Thursday, March 13, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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(Newser) – After three years in remission, cancerous Hodgkin's disease has reappeared in the body of Sen. Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican said today. "I consider this just another bump on the road to a successful recovery from Hodgkin's, from which I've been symptom-free for three years," said Specter, 78. Chemotherapy is next, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The recurrence of Hodgkin's, a cancer of the lymphatic system, is in Specter's chest and is less advanced than in 2005, reports Reuters, noting that the state's senior senator will continue working and campaigning for re-election in Pennsylvania. His doctor says Specter "has an excellent chance of again achieving a complete remission of his Hodgkin's disease."