Sen. Lautenberg Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer

New Jersey Dem still plans to finish term, run again in 2014
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Sen. Frank Lautenberg questions Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, in this May 25, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s 86-year-old senior senator, is set to undergo chemotherapy today, less than 24 hours after being diagnosed with treatable stomach cancer. Lautenberg is expected to recover, and says he still expects to finish out his term, and run for reelection in 2014. “This doesn’t change any of that,” said an aide. “After he receives his treatment, back to normal.”

“We expect a full and complete recovery,” said the senator’s oncologist, explaining that he’ll receive treatments every three weeks, and should be cancer-free after six to eight treatments. Lautenberg was rushed to the hospital Monday after falling over at home. The cause was a bleeding ulcer—an ulcer, tests eventually revealed, that had been caused by b-cell lymphoma of the stomach.

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