House Majority Leader Steve Scalise Diagnosed with Blood Cancer
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced on Tuesday that he is being treated for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Scalise shared the news in a heartfelt post on Twitter, revealing that he had house-majority-leader-steve-scalise-announces-cancer-diagnosis/” title=”Steve Scalise, House Majority Leader, reveals cancer diagnosis.”>recently undergone blood work which led to the diagnosis.
After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer.
I have now begun treatment, which will…
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 29, 2023
Scalise expressed gratitude for the early detection of the cancer and emphasized that it is a highly treatable condition. He assured his constituents that he intends to continue working as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District throughout his treatment.
Scalise, who was first elected to the House in 2008, has a history of overcoming challenges. In 2017, he was seriously wounded during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice but managed to recover and continue his congressional duties. He even participated in future Congressional Baseball Games.
Following Scalise’s cancer diagnosis, he received an outpouring of support from fellow lawmakers and others on Twitter. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) praised Scalise’s strength and resolve, expressing confidence in his ability to overcome this new battle. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin also sent their well wishes and prayers for Scalise’s recovery.
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