Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland announced Wednesday that he has a “serious but treatable form” of cancer and will begin outpatient treatment.
In a statement, Raskin said, “After days of tests, I have been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a serious but treatable form of cancer. I am at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Lombardy Comprehensive Cancer Center. I am about to start a course of chemo-immunotherapy on an outpatient basis at the centre.The prognosis for most people in my condition is excellent after four months of treatment.
Raskin told MSNBC Wednesday night that her prognosis is “very treatable, and we’re getting it pretty quickly if I do well with the chemotherapy that starts this week, and I complete all six of my sessions.” If I pass, I’ll be fine. In good shape.”
The Maryland Democrat is serving on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. He was also the lead impeachment manager for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in 2021 and was selected by his colleagues to serve as the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
“I plan to get through this and, in the meantime, continue to make progress every day in Congress for American democracy,” Raskin said in the statement.
He noted that he expects to “be able to work during this period but my doctors have warned me to minimize unnecessary exposure to avoid COVID-19, the flu and other viruses.” ”
According to the American Cancer Society, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma “tends to grow rapidly” and is treated with chemotherapy using a four-drug regimen given in cycles three weeks apart. It can be cured in about half of all patients, but that depends largely on factors including the stage at which the disease is caught, the society notes.
This story has been updated.