Rep. Steve Scalise announces cancer diagnosis, says multiple myeloma ‘very treatable’

House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise said he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, what he described as a "very treatable" form of blood cancer.

House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., confirmed Tuesday he’s been diagnosed with blood cancer. 

The No. 2 House Republican was diagnosed with a “treatable” form of blood cancer and said he intends to be on Capitol Hill while he fights the disease. 

“After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer,” Scalise said in a statement.

“I have now begun treatment, which will continue for the next several months,” Scalise, the second-highest ranking House Republican, said. “I expect to work through this period and intend to return to Washington, continuing my work as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District.”

“I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable,” he added. “I am thankful for my excellent medical team, and with the help of God, support of my family, friends, colleagues, and constituents, I will tackle this with the same strength and energy as I have tackled past challenges.”

Scalise was hospitalized in June 2017 after a gunman opened fire as Republicans were practicing for that year’s Congressional baseball game.

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