Lautenberg Out of Hospital

Date of return to Senate unknown

By James Hohmann
|  Friday, Feb 26, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 AM EDT
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NJ Sen. Lautenberg Out of Hospital

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was released from the hospital Thursday, but it wasn't immediately clear when he'd return to work in the Senate.

"He is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from New Jerseyans all across the state and is anxious to get back to work," his office said in a statement. "The Senator feels good and his doctors are encouraged by the progress he is making."

Lautenberg, 86, was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma of the stomach last week, which will require six to eight chemotherapy treatments, his office says.

His office has called it “a curable tumor,” which “will require treatment over the next few months.”

According to the American Cancer Society, B-cell lymphomas constitute about 85 percent of non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

In fact, about 75 percent of people with the kind of lymphoma the senator has won’t show signs of the disease after initial treatment. About half are cured with therapy for this type of lymphoma.

 

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