Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin announced that he has Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.
He stated that chemo-immunotherapy will begin soon and that he has a “serious but curable form of cancer.”
“After four months of treatment, the prognosis for most people in my situation is excellent,” he said.
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin Diagnosed with Cancer
After several days of testing, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland announced on Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.
Raskin described the disease as a “serious but curable form of cancer” in a statement. And said he would soon begin chemo-immunotherapy.
“After four months of treatment, the prognosis for most people in my situation is excellent,” he added.
He served as a congressman on the House January 6 committee. He also stated that he intends to continue working while undergoing treatment. But he will take precautions to limit his exposure to viruses such as COVID-19 and the flu.
“In addition to destroying cancer cells, chemotherapy impairs natural antibodies and undermines the body’s immune system,” he explained. He added, “I’m told it also causes hair loss and weight gain (though I’m still hoping for the kind that causes hair loss and weight gain).”
Raskin is a former constitutional law professor who was elected to Congress in 2016. He is best known for his work on the Capitol riot investigation and as an impeachment manager during former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment.
And he’s no stranger to tragedy: he lost his son to suicide two years ago. Just days before the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
“That was a low point in my life. I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t eating anything. And I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to do anything else “In early 2022, he told the New York Times. “And [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] was telling me that I was still needed by asking me to be the lead impeachment manager.”