This is not good for the GOP.
Representative Steve Scalise, the second-ranking House Republican, announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, and is presently undergoing treatment.
According to Newsmax, at 57 years old, Scalise affirmed his commitment to continue his service in the House of Representatives. He expressed optimism about the prognosis, describing the cancer as “highly manageable” and highlighting its early detection.
Previously a survivor of a 2017 shooting incident where he sustained gunshot wounds during an attack on lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, Scalise has demonstrated his resilience through extensive hospital stays, numerous surgeries, and challenging rehabilitation.
Scalise shared that the cancer diagnosis followed a week of feeling uncharacteristically unwell. Subsequent blood tests revealed irregularities, prompting further examination and ultimately leading to the diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that he emphasized is very responsive to treatment.
He conveyed in a statement, “I have already commenced treatment, which is expected to extend over the next few months. Throughout this period, my intention is to maintain an active role in Washington, upholding my responsibilities as Majority Leader and representing the constituents of Louisiana’s First Congressional District.”
In addition to expressing gratitude to his medical team, Scalise expressed his deep appreciation for the early detection and the favorable treatability of the cancer. He concluded on a positive note, stating, “With the unwavering support of my loved ones, friends, colleagues, constituents, and my faith, I am prepared to confront this challenge with the same determination and vigor that has guided me through previous adversities.”