Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden diagnosed with prostate cancer
Updated: 9:40 p.m.
Sen. Ron Wyden has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery Monday, the Oregon Democrat's office announced Thursday.
"After my annual physical in late November, I was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer," Wyden said in a statement. "After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery, which will be performed December 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Alan Partin. Thanks to routine screening, this was diagnosed very early and I expect a full and speedy recovery."
Wyden said that he expects to be back to work full-time when the new Congress begins in early January. He will miss votes on Friday and Monday and Tuesday, but a spokesperson for Wyden said that he will be available to vote all weekend and "anything else he can make work, he will."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday that he expects the Senate to take up several key measures before the end of the lame-duck session, including a measure to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law, the DREAM Act and the New START Treaty, with the chamber potentially re-convening after Christmas if it does not wrap up business before then.
"Ron Wyden is respected and admired on both sides of the aisle," Reid said in a statement. "Every member of the Senate will keep Ron, his wife Nancy, and his entire family in our thoughts. Senator Wyden's prognosis for a full and speedy recovery is good, and we look forward to welcoming him back here in the Senate soon so he can continue fighting for the people of Oregon."
Ed O'Keefe contributed to this report.
| December 16, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
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