Durbin Has Stomach Tumor Removed

Senate Majority Whip recovering at U of C Medical Center

Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 6:29 AM CDT
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Durbin Has Stomach Tumor Removed

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Sen. Dick Durbin

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Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois has had a stomach tumor removed and is recovering at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Durbin's office said surgeons removed the small tumor on Thursday.  The surgery had been scheduled for several weeks, his office told NBC Chicago.

"This particular type of tumor is a rare form of stomach cancer, so it is cancer, yes," Durbin spokesman Joseph Shoemaker said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A statement from Durbin's office said further treatment is not expected. It said the preliminary biopsy results "demonstrate a favorable prognosis." 

The senator should be released from the hospital on Friday or Saturday and be able to resume a full schedule as early as next week.

Durbin, 65, is second to Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Senate Democratic leadership ranks.

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