Dem. Rep. Jamie Raskin reveals cancer diagnosis

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has just announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Fox News reports that Raskin revealed his cancer diagnosis in a press release that he published on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

“Serious but curable”

The press release begins with Raskin revealing that, “after several days of tests,” he has been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.

Raskin writes that this “is a serious but curable form of cancer.”

This is confirmed by Lymphoma.org, which states:

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) . . . [It] is an aggressive (fast-growing) NHL that affects B-lymphocytes . . . Despite being an aggressive lymphoma, DLBCL is considered potentially curable.

Raskin says treatment is next

In his press release, Raskin goes on to speak about the treatment that he will be receiving.

“I am about to embark on a course of chemo-immunotherapy on an outpatient basis at Med Star Georgetown University Hospital and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center,” Raskin writes. “Prognosis for most people in my situation is excellent after four months of treatment.”

The congressman said that he expects “to be able to work through this period.” But, he adds that he has been “cautioned” by his doctors “to reduce unnecessary exposure to avoid COVID-19, the flu, and other viruses.”

“In addition to destroying cancer cells, chemotherapy impairs natural antibodies and undermines the body’s immune system,” Raskin explains, adding, “I am advised that it also causes hair loss and weight gain (although I am still holding out hope for the kind that causes hair gain and weight loss).”

Raskin concludes his press release on an optimistic note, writing:

With the benefit of early detection and fine doctors, the help of my extraordinary staff, the love of Sarah and our daughters and sons-in-law (actual and to-be) and family and friends, and the support of my beloved constituents and my colleagues in the House, I plan to get through this and, in the meantime, to keep making progress every day in Congress for American democracy.

Background

Raskin has been receiving a lot of publicity recently as a member of the partisan House Jan. 6 Committee that has been “investigating” the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021.

The committee recently closed off the year by releasing a report that it compiled on the Jan. 6 Capitol protest and by making several criminal referrals of former President Donald Trump to the DOJ.

Raskin, as a member of this committee, has recently made television appearances in which he has tried to argue that Trump is precluded from ever again holding office under section three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Raskin was also the lead impeachment manager for the House’s second impeachment of Trump.

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