Bob Casey, the senior senator from Pennsylvania, announced on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In a tweet, Casey said “Last month, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While this news came as a shock, I can report that I have an excellent prognosis, as well as the benefit of exceptional medical care and the unwavering support of my family.
In the coming months I will undergo surgery, after which I am expected to make a full recovery. I am confident that my recommended course of treatment will allow me to continue my service in the 118th Congress with minimal disruption, and I look forward to the work ahead.”
According to the Mayo Clinic website, “prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in males that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.”
Responses are coming in from around the Commonwealth and the nation.
Senator @Bob_Casey is a fighter for all Pennsylvanians and I am proud to call him a dear friend.
Lori and I are thinking of Bob and Terese today and sending love and warmth. We look forward to celebrating the Senator’s recovery and the work we’ll do together in the coming years.
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) January 5, 2023
My heart is with my friend @Bob_Casey and his family, I pray for a successful and swift treatment and recovery. I know he’ll beat this!
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 5, 2023
Senator @Bob_Casey is a true fighter and leader for working families across Pennsylvania. Blayre and I are sending our love to Bob, Terese, and the entire Casey family.
Pennsylvania has your back, Senator. https://t.co/Gp0gCaPoJ3
— Austin Davis (@AustinDavisPA) January 5, 2023
Michelle and I are praying for @SenBobCasey, his health, and a speedy recovery at this time. His commitment to serve and lead our great Commonwealth has never wavered, and I am confident that together we will continue to build a more safe, welcome, & thriving @Pittsburgh for all. https://t.co/r3PP4if6OM
— Mayor Ed Gainey (@MayorEdGainey) January 5, 2023
The Mayo Clinic website says that “surgery for prostate cancer involves removing the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy), some surrounding tissue and a few lymph nodes.
Surgery is an option for treating cancer that’s confined to the prostate. It’s sometimes used to treat advanced prostate cancer in combination with other treatments.”
Casey, 62, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after defeating incumbent Rick Santorum with 58.6 percent of the vote.
This is a developing story and will be updated