Sen. Bob Casey announces cancer diagnosis

By Jen Krausz on
 January 6, 2023

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey (D) announced on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but that his prognosis is "excellent," and he doesn't expect his treatment to interfere with his Senate duties.

Casey will have to have surgery in the next few months, he said, but is expected to make a full recovery.

"Last month, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While this came as a shock, I can report that I have an excellent prognosis, as well as the benefit of exceptional medical care and the unwavering support of my family," Casey said.

"I am confident that my recommended course of treatment will allow me to continue my service in the 118th Congress with minimal disruption, and I look forward to the work ahead," he added.

Casey has been in the Senate since 2007 and serves on the Finance, Health, and Intelligence Committees. He is 62 and plans to run for a fourth term in 2024.

Many of his Senate colleagues wished him a speedy recovery and offered support after his announcement.