August 12th, 2010
01:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Durbin undergoes stomach surgery

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin,  the Democrats' number two man in the Senate, underwent surgery Thursday to remove a small tumor from his stomach, his office announced.'
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Democrats' number two man in the Senate, underwent surgery Thursday to remove a small tumor from his stomach, his office announced.'

Washington (CNN)– Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Democrats' number two man in the Senate, underwent surgery Thursday to remove a small, potentially cancerous tumor from his stomach, his office announced.

Durbin's doctors said the mass was completely removed during surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and there was no sign of cancer in the senator's stomach or esophagus, according to the statement. A Durbin spokesman said there was "no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed."

A full biopsy will be conducted, but his office said "preliminary biopsy results demonstrate a favorable prognosis." According to the statement, doctors said they did not expect further treatment to be needed after his recovery.

Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said, "Senator Durbin went through today's surgical procedure with flying colors and is resting comfortably. He expects to be released from the hospital and resume a light schedule in the next couple days, and should be able to resume a full schedule as soon as next week."

His office said the problem was discovered during a routine check-in a few weeks ago. His office said the mass is a small gastro-intestinal stromal tumor, known as a GIST, was not present in the lining cells of the stomach. His office said it occurs in 4,000-6,000 yearly in the United States, and are about one percent of stomach tumors.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I don't understand why he is not flying to Canada or Europe for his surgery? He said their healthcare is so much better than it is here in the U.S. So he only likes U.S. healthcare when he really needs it. Sounds like the typical liberal.........they hate america, but when they need it then they love it.. What a joke.

    August 12, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. norma

    I 'm praying for you Senator.

    August 12, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Operation Crush Rush

    Get well soon Dick,we have poor Rush on the run and his numbers and sponsors are dropping daily.

    August 12, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. fiscal responsibility

    Hope Durbin heals up.

    That said, I hope that he is voted out. We need to take back our country from career politicians. Especially those that vote against the will of a vast majority of the people.

    August 12, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Repubs are not to be mourned or missed.

    Guess he could not "Stomach" the hopey changey thing either!

    August 12, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. normajean

    You people who pick and choose what comments to put in can have your choice but when the "Add a comment" sign is there and we leave a comment ,after much thought, I might add, and then at the end you say no more comments and leave ours out .That's not fair. WHY HAVE THE COMMENT SIGN ON IF THERE ARE TO BE NO MORE? You must be a closet Republican.

    August 12, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Liberals are poison

    Dear liberals,
    For a lesson in class and couthe, take note of this. I find absolutely no comfort in hearing of Sen. Durbin's cancerous tumor, and hope for his full recovery. This unlike your ilk, spewing in comment sections wishing that Palin was on that doomed plane in Alaska. This is the difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives don't wish for death or ill health for our opponants, unlike the liberals. Your politics are personal destruction versus debating issues on their merits will be the downfall of your party. Actually, I hope you keep it up so that your demise is accelerated.

    August 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. The Other Micheal in Houston

    Get well Senator. Okay Republican Jihadist, let me beat you to the punch line "now if we can get rid of the other cancers like Pelosi, Reid and Obama" ha ha very funny! Sorry to ruin your joke of the day Republicans, now back away from your keyboards and go burn a cross, throw tea bags at each other or do whatever you waste of DNA people do with your spare time.

    August 12, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. St. Mike

    He ought ot undergo brain surgery!!! The Democrats just don't get it!!!!!

    August 12, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. David

    I guess there is just a limit to what one can stomach when you are involved in Chicago politics!

    August 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Eric

    I think think this guy is one of the most dangerous, slick and underhanded people to ever darken the halls of congress. However, personal contempt aside, I wish him well in his surgery, a speedy recovery and best wishes to his family who I'm certain is there to help him though it all.

    I'm not a fan, but I do wish the man well.

    August 12, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |