Democratic Rep. Jamie Ruskin announces he has ‘serious but curable cancer’

(CNN) — Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., announced Wednesday that he has a “severe but curable form of cancer” and will begin outpatient treatment.

“After several days of testing, I was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a serious but curable form of cancer,” Ruskin said in a statement. and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center started chemoimmunotherapy courses on an outpatient basis. For most people in my situation, after four months of treatment, the prognosis is excellent.”

Ruskin told MSNBC on Wednesday night that his diagnosis was “very treatable, and we got it early enough that if I do well with the chemotherapy that started this week, and I finish all six cycles, then I’m Will be in good shape.”

The Maryland Democrat serves on a House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. He’s also the lead impeachment manager for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in 2021, and was just elected by his colleagues to be the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

“I plan to get through this while continuing to make progress for American democracy every day in the United States Congress,” Ruskin said in the statement.

He noted that he hopes to “be able to get through this period, but my doctor has warned me to reduce unnecessary contact to avoid contracting COVID-19, flu and other viruses.”

According to the American Cancer Society, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma “tends to grow rapidly” and is often treated with chemotherapy with a four-drug regimen given in cycles three weeks apart. About half of patients can be cured, the association noted, but this depends largely on factors including the stage of the disease.

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