February 19th, 2010
12:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Lautenberg diagnosed with stomach cancer

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, his office said in a statement Friday.
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, his office said in a statement Friday.

(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, his office said in a statement Friday.

Lautenberg, 86, is not up for re-election until 2014.

"After several days of hospitalization and testing, Sen. Lautenberg's doctors have diagnosed that he has a B-cell lymphoma of the stomach," the statement said.  "This is a curable tumor, and will require treatment over the next few months."

Dr. James Holland of New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center, who is treating Lautenberg, said that he expects "a full and complete recovery" from the cancer.

Lautenberg, Holland said, will receive chemotherapy treatments administered roughly every three weeks.

"We anticipate that he will receive between six and eight treatments, and in between treatments, the senator is expected to be back at work in the Senate," he said.

Lautenberg, a New Jersey political veteran, was first elected to the Senate in 1982.  He retired in 2000, but ran again in 2002 after Sen. Bob Torricelli, who was tainted by scandal, suddenly withdrew from a re-election bid.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Hope treatments go well for you Senator. Hang in there.

    February 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. bush

    its good news for the GOP

    February 19, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Andy-Hard Core GOP

    Politics stops on such as this-best wishes and hope the best for you.No body should have cancer.

    February 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Steph

    I wish him a speedy recovery. Cancer is horrible!

    February 19, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. nickie

    I agree the Media should stay out of this familys business for Tiger family's sake; howerever Tiger needs to try the Lord and Jesus. What Tiger did is not over and if he wants to heal maybe trying to accept Jesus will make a difference

    February 19, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Lori in St Pete

    And the hateful comments from the right will commence in 3... 2... 1...

    February 19, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. David

    TERM LIMITS!!! At 86 and stomach cancer, I would hope he's not going to continue. Now just take Sen. Byrd with you.

    February 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. The Other Michael in Houston

    Sorry to hear about anyone who has cancer, but I do have one question, who is paying for his treatments?

    February 19, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Great job Frank,and good luck in your treatment.

    February 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Jane/Seattle

    It seems to me that many of these members of Congress need to pass the power along to younger folks before they become ill, infirm, and otherwise unable to do their jobs fully. Robert Byrd comes to mind as well as others. Holding on to power until death or devastating illness strikes is not the way this country needs ot run efficiently.

    February 19, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Dave

    Please leave us already....You have done nothing in the past years to help NJ. Since he has been in office NJ gets back even less in money we send to Washington.

    February 19, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    sorry to hear ,,, but to many of these senators are way to old... byrd needs to retire so does lahey , mccain , and feinstien..

    February 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. bennie new york

    Bush Plague strikes again.

    February 19, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. mjm

    Best of luck to him. I hope he has a full recovery.

    February 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Avi Shlomo

    I am sorry you are sick but I am sure AIPAC wil present a replacement soon.

    February 19, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Speculator

    I may not agree with your politics Senator but I wish ill health on nobody...Get Well. :)

    February 19, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Emmanuel Goldstein

    This is a non sequitur. How can a cancer get a cancer?

    February 19, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. c spurgeon

    Well I wish him well and hope for a recovery but 86n year old men do not belong in the senate. We need 6 year term limits and then these old men on both sides would move over for people with can do attitudes.

    February 19, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. dan friedman

    I guess Frank is lucky the health reform bill went bust, if it did not
    would Frank be entitled to cancer treatment at 86? Or he might have
    heard, we will make you as comfortable as we can, sorry.

    February 19, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. cph9680

    Another one will bite the dust...

    February 19, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Doraine Gordon

    Why must these Representatives turn these positions into lifetime jobs? We need term limits on both the Congress and the Senate. I get sick of looking at all these old white haired guys. Get rid of them and get some young blood in Washington. I'm sorry this man is sick but he has stayed too long at the Fair.

    February 19, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Dee

    Typical con-man, northeast liberal loser. Can't spell America and probably doesn't even know we have a Preamble to the Constitution.

    February 19, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. PREDICTA

    Although I don't agree with Mr. Lautenberg on many issues, I wish him well. Stomach cancer is not very pleasant and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

    February 19, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. LacrosseSon

    Another senator in his 80s?
    When are we going to impose term limits on fogeys, mom???

    February 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. J.P.

    Never been much of a fan of Frank The Lout Lautenberg OR his policies and ideas, but I do wish the man improved health. Thoughts and prayers to the senator and his family. Do get well and beat this cancer.

    February 19, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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