Washington, DC (KROC-AM News) - First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn's cancer has returned.

The Republican lawmaker from rural Blue Earth issued a statement today announcing a recurrence of his kidney cancer. Hagedorn was originally diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in February 2019 and after undergoing immunotherapy at the Mayo Clinic a scan performed earlier this year did not detect any cancer.

“Over the weekend, recent tests conducted at the Mayo Clinic revealed a reoccurrence of my kidney cancer. The new diagnosis was surprising considering that just 14 weeks ago no cancer was detected. But, as every cancer survivor knows, you fight the disease each and every day. Even the best of recoveries present unexpected challenges like I am facing.

 

“Since initially being diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer 29 months ago, my doctors consider my response to treatment and recovery as exceptional. Since that time, I have maintained a full, active schedule in Congress, campaigned aggressively for re-election, and lived and enjoyed life to the fullest."

Hagedorn, who is serving his second term in the US House of Representatives, also stated that he would continue to serve Minnesota's First Congressional District "with the highest level of energy and enthusiasm."

photo by Andy Brownell

While thanking everyone for their encouragement and prayers, Hagedorn says he remains upbeat and says both he and his doctors at the Mayo Clinic are very encouraged by a promising new treatment for this type of cancer.

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