House Majority Leader has Multiple Myeloma

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29 Aug 2023, 11:57 am

Steve Scalise says he has been diagnosed with a 'very treatable blood cancer'

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., said he's been diagnosed with a "very treatable blood cancer" for which he has begun treatment.

Scalise said he had blood work done after "a few days of not feeling like myself this past week."

"The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer," he said on X, the former Twitter. "I have now begun treatment, which will continue for the next several months."

Scalise said he expects to return to Washington to continue work as majority leader while he undergoes treatment.

Scalise had a close call in June 2017 when he was shot by a gunman in Alexandria, Va., as the then-House majority whip was playing second base, his normal position on the congressional baseball team. The gunman in that incident died. That incident led to a long road to recovery: Scalise underwent multiple surgeries and blood transfusions after the bullet that struck his left hip traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.

Scalise, the House's second-highest ranking Republican, is married and has two children.

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