Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin shares diagnosis of cancer

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will soon being medical treatment.

Raskin shared that he has Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma and will receive chemotherapy in his effort to stop the cancer.

Raskin’s statement

“After several days of tests, I have been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, which is a serious but curable form of cancer. I am about to embark on a course of chemo-immunotherapy on an outpatient basis at Med Star Georgetown University Hospital and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prognosis for most people in my situation is excellent after four months of treatment,” Raskin said in a statement.

“I expect to be able to work through this period but have been cautioned by my doctors to reduce unnecessary exposure to avoid COVID-19, the flu, and other viruses,” he continued.

“In addition to destroying cancer cells, chemotherapy impairs natural antibodies and undermines the body’s immune system. I am advised that it also causes hair loss and weight gain (although I am still holding out hope for the kind that causes hair gain and weight loss),” he added.

Strong support

Several fellow lawmakers have expressed their support for Raskin following his announcement.

“@RepRaskin is a dear friend of mine & partner in Congress. He’s a fighter for Marylanders & our Democracy, and I know he will be just as forceful in fighting his diagnosis as well. I wish him a fast recovery & stand by him and his family during this time,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) wrote.

Prayers for “national treasure” Raskin

“Jamie Raskin is a national treasure — an oasis of legal integrity and intellect at a time when both are desperately needed in democracy’s defense. I am praying for his strong and swift recovery as he undergoes cancer treatment. America needs you, Jamie,” Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) tweeted.

Raskin intends to continue serving in Congress during his time undergoing treatment.

The congressman is expected to be the highest-ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the next session of Congress.

Raskin will face a difficult period of focusing on his health as he seeks to also help his party during a time of important transition.