Dem senator to undergo treatment for kidney cancer

Dem senator to undergo treatment for kidney cancer

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie HironoWeakened patent system causes U.S. to slip as a global leader of IP protection If our innovators have no reward, how will America compete? Three Dem senators call for 'immediate review' of Kushner's security clearance MORE (D-Hawaii) announced Tuesday that she was diagnosed with kidney cancer and will undergo treatment.

Hirono said in a statement from her office that during a routine physical before eye surgery, her doctor saw an abnormality on a chest X-ray that led to the discovery of kidney cancer and a lesion on her rib.

The Democratic senator will be treated at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington and “will continue working during my recovery,” she said in the statement.

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The statement did not indicate when Hirono's surgery would take place.

She said her doctors are expecting a “full recovery” following surgery to remove her right kidney and a procedure to remove the lesion on her rib.

Hirono said she looks “forward to returning to the Senate as soon as possible.”

“I face this fight with the same determination I’ve fought for the people of Hawaii,” she wrote. “And I never quit, especially when things get tough.”

"I appreciate your support and good wishes, and look forward to getting back to the Senate to continue fighting for Hawaii as soon as possible.”