Breaking: Congressman John Lewis says he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
More at 6. @wsbtv
— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) December 29, 2019
He will be seeing treatment:
Office of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis says the congressman has pancreatic cancer. Lewis will undergo treatment, his office said.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 29, 2019
Statement from Rep. Lewis’ office:
Statement from Rep. John Lewis' office re: undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. “I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now." https://t.co/16gYmmn7Qr
— Saba Hamedy (@saba_h) December 29, 2019
“I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.
“This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed.
“While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.
“So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross.
“To my constituents: being your representative in Congress is the honor of a lifetime. I will return to Washington in coming days to continue our work and begin my treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.
“Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey.”