Dem Rep. Raskin announces diagnosis of ‘serious but curable’ cancer known as lymphoma

Cancer is a horrific and terrible disease that absolutely transcends politics and is something that virtually all people wouldn’t even wish on their worst enemies.

With that in mind, it was announced on Wednesday that Rep. Jaime Raskin (D-MD) has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer, and will begin treatment to address it in the near future, the Daily Wire reported.

The 60-year-old Raskin, a former constitutional law professor first elected to Congress in 2016, rose in national prominence in recent years as an outspoken opponent of former President Donald Trump who served as a Democratic impeachment manager as well as on the highly-partisan, anti-Trump House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.

“A serious but curable form of cancer”

In a statement posted Wednesday to his congressional website, Rep. Raskin said, “After several days of tests, I have been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, which is a serious but curable form of cancer.”

“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. The prognosis for most people in my situation is excellent after four months of treatment,” the Maryland congressman continued.

“I expect to be able to work through this period but have been cautioned by my doctors to reduce unnecessary exposure to avoid COVID-19, the flu and other viruses,” he said. “In addition to destroying cancer cells, chemotherapy impairs natural antibodies and undermines the body’s immune system. 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).”

“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,” Raskin continued.

He added in conclusion, “My love and solidarity go out to other families managing cancer or any other health condition in this holiday season — and all the doctors, nurses and medical personnel who provide us comfort and hope.”

Previous cancer survivor

The Washington Post reported that this actually isn’t Rep. Raskin’s first go-round with cancer or a potentially life-altering health prognosis.

In 2010, the then-future congressman was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer but, after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, he managed to defeat the disease and fully recover.

Raskin had another health scare in 2021 when he underwent an MRI to identify a growth in his stomach that, fortunately, turned out to be nothing more than a benign cyst that was harmless.

Hatred of cancer trumps partisan differences

In a show of nonpartisan support, the Post noted that outgoing Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who previously fought and won his own battle against cancerous lymphoma, said in a supportive statement, “We are relieved to hear that he and his doctors are optimistic about his prognosis.”

More surprising was the show of support from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) — utterly despised and demonized by Democrats as the worst sort of Republican — who said in a tweet, “We disagree often, but I’ll be praying for Jamie Raskin. Cancer is a terrible disease. I watched my father die from it, and it broke my heart. It’s good Rep Raskin has hope and his form of cancer is curable with the treatment he will be starting.”

In response to that unexpected display of compassionate support, Raskin retweeted Greene’s post and wrote, “Thank you, Marjorie, for this touching message, which my youngest daughter showed me. I’m grateful for your concern and very sorry to learn that you lost your father to cancer. Wishing you happy holidays with loved ones.

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