Tom Coburn Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

The Oklahoma Republican is currently being treated and is expected to return to Washington next week.

National Journal
Matt Vasilogambros
Nov. 5, 2013, 6:56 a.m.

For the second time, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has been dia­gnosed with pro­state can­cer, his of­fice an­nounced on Tues­day. He is cur­rently un­der­go­ing eval­u­ation and treat­ment.

Coburn, 65, was treated for pro­state can­cer in Oc­to­ber 2011, re­turn­ing to Wash­ing­ton just days later. He was also treated for colon can­cer in 2003 and for melan­oma in 1975.

“Dr. Coburn has had a re­cur­rence of pro­state can­cer and will be un­der­go­ing fur­ther eval­u­ation and treat­ment,” spokes­man John Hart said in a state­ment..

Coburn, who is a phys­i­cian by trade, missed a pro­ced­ur­al vote on Monday even­ing on the Em­ploy­ment Non-Dis­crim­in­a­tion Act. His of­fice ex­pects the sen­at­or to re­turn to work as soon as next week. 

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