U.S. Representative John Lewis diagnosed with cancer

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Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis, Patrick Leahy

FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., flanked by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks at an event with House Democrats before passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act to eliminate potential state and local voter suppression laws, at the Capitol in Washington. Lewis announced Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer, vowing he will stay in office and fight the disease with the tenacity which he fought racial discrimination and other inequalities since the civil rights era. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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ATLANTA, GA (WSAV) Georgia Congressman John Lewis will soon undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

His office said he learned of the diagnosis this month after what the 79-year-old described as a “routine medical visit and subsequent tests.”

In a statement the congressman said in part, “doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that i have a fighting chance.”

Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, said he plans to return to Washington “in coming days” to continue his work and begin his treatment plan.

FULL STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS:

“I have been in some kind of fight for freedom, equality, basic human rights for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now. This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed. While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance. So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross. To my constituents: being your representative in Congress is the honor of a lifetime. I will return to Washington in coming days to continue our work and begin my treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon. Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey.”

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