At a press conference Friday afternoon, Senator Chris Dodd announced that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, but that the disease and its treatment will not affect his work in the Senate or his intentions to run for reelection in 2010.
Dodd said that his cancer was discovered after a routine PSA test showed a spike in PSA levels over previous tests, and was confirmed in a follow up prostate biopsy when several of the needle samples revealed cancerous cells.
He will be receving surgical treatment for the cancer over the August congressional break, and expects to be back to a full work schedule by the end of August. Dodd spoke with several specialists before deciding on a course of treatment, and is confident of making a full recovery.
Dodd will likely spend a few days in the hospital after the surgery, followed by two weeks of rest and recovery before returning to his normal work as democratic senator of Connecticut.
Published On: July 31, 2009