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Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin announces cancer diagnosis

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Rep. Jamie B. Ruskin (D., Md.) announced Wednesday that he has cancer, but said the condition is curable and he expects to continue working during treatment.

The congressman, who led the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and is a member of the House Select Committee that investigated the January 6, 2021 attacks on the Capitol, revealed his diagnosis in a news release.

“After several days of testing, I was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a serious but curable cancer,” he said. “In my situation, after four months of treatment, most patients have a good prognosis.”

Raskin, who has represented Maryland’s District 8 since 2017, said the district’s MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center are about to begin a chemo-immunotherapy course as an outpatient. .

“It’s also been advised that it causes hair loss and weight gain (although I still hold out hope for the kind that causes hair loss and weight loss),” his news release states.

He said he would continue to work during treatment, but was warned by doctors to reduce unnecessary exposure to coronavirus, flu and other viruses.

Raskin, 60, added that he, along with his family, staff and friends, had “the benefit of early detection” and that “we will get through this and in the meantime continue to move forward every day in Congress for American democracy.” rice field. “

“My love and solidarity goes out to other families managing cancer and other health conditions this holiday season,” he said.

It’s not Raskin’s first battle with cancer. In 2010, he battled stage 3 colon cancer and underwent radiation and chemotherapy.

In 2021, he underwent an MRI to identify a growth in his stomach that turned out to be a benign cyst.

Ruskin, who won re-election last month with more than 80 percent of the vote, was elected a Democrat on the House Oversight Committee this month. Last year, he was thrust into the national spotlight after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) nominated him to lead Trump’s impeachment trial.

The Capitol riots came just days after Ruskin’s 25-year-old son, Thomas Bloom Ruskin, a Harvard Law School student, committed suicide. Ruskin said his love for his son was directed at defending a fragile democracy and accepted the high-profile assignment to advocate impeachment.

Ruskin has long had a loyal following in Maryland, and many politicians and voters expressed their encouragement to lawmakers after his cancer announcement.

“Jamie Ruskin is a fighter, as our country has seen over the last six years,” said Montgomery County Executive Mark Elric (Democrat), recently approved by Ruskin, in a statement. And now, as he prepares to battle cancer again, we send him and his family the love, support and hope they have always given us.”

Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) on Twitter He also referred to Ruskin as a “fighter” and added: “Jamie, we are with you every step of the way.”

Wes Moore (Democrat) for Governor of Maryland murmured Ruskin “embodies what it means to persevere in the face of overwhelming challenges.”

“My friends, we are praying for you. We know you will get through this ordeal because you have the rest,” Moore said.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (Republican), who himself battled lymphoma, also voiced his support. “It’s reassuring to hear that he and his doctors are optimistic about his prognosis,” Hogan said. murmured.

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