Harry Reid Undergoing Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Katie Ramirez
May 15, 2018

The Nevada Democrat left the Senate at the end of 2016 after serving for 30 years in the chamber, 12 of them as Democratic leader. Reid was officially named as the first Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

Harry Reid, who led Senate Democrats for more than a decade, had surgery on Monday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

"Today, Former Democratic Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center to remove a tumor from his pancreas", the family's statement said.

"His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and the prognosis for his recovery is good", the family statement read. Mr. Reid had been quietly letting people know over the past few days that he would be undergoing surgery, including former President Barack Obama.

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Reid, 78, has spent most of his time in retirement in Las Vegas and has traveled to Washington just a handful of times, according to a person familiar with his travels.

Reid will undergo chemotherapy as the next part of his treatment, according to the statement.

Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, who was recruited by Reid to replace him, wished him a speedy recovery. He lost vision in his right eye.

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