Senator Angus King said Friday that he began follow-up radiotherapy treatments for what he called "residual, small and localized prostate cancer."
King started the first round of eight weeks of radiation treatment on Monday. He will receive treatments for about 20 minutes each morning, five days a week, until mid-March, according to a statement from King's office.
"What does it mean for my work in the Senate? Absolutely nothing, "said the king." My doctors badured me, as recently as this morning, that I will remain healthy during my current term in the Senate and beyond, and I do not expect to lose a single vote, hearing or constituent meeting. "
In 2015, King underwent prostate surgery that completely removed the prostate gland, as well as some surrounding tissues. Since then, he had been cancer-free and was routinely monitoring his prostate-specific antigens, as directed by his doctors, to see if the cancer reappeared, according to a statement posted in his office on Friday afternoon.
According to King's office, doctors recently detected high levels of prostate-specific antigen and determined that the cancer was limited to the area of the prostate. His office described the radiation as "a fairly common follow-up treatment."
Although King said that cancer treatment can be a frightening thing, he considers it more like maintenance. He said that so far he has not experienced any side effects from cancer or treatment. "I'm not worried and you should not be either," said King, who was elected to a second term in the Senate in November.
King said he will change his weekly flights back home to Maine to accommodate his appointments at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C.
"Where do I fear that things are really going to suffer? My Instagram account." Those who follow me on Instagram are about to see much more "dawn on the Capitol publications," he said.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men. Approximately one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their life. Each year, there are approximately 175,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the US. UU And 32,000 deaths related to prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
"Once again, I am one of the lucky ones," King said. "If it was not for the insurance, through the ACA, and by a great team of doctors, I'm not so sure I have this story to tell." For so many people in Maine, even regular check-ups can be a difficulty. be like that ".