August 11th, 2009
04:47 PM ET
13 years ago

Senator's cancer surgery 'successful'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, is "resting comfortably" after undergoing surgery Tuesday to treat prostate cancer, his office announced.

Dodd recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. His doctor described the surgery as "successful," adding that the Connecticut Democrat "is expected to be in the hospital for a few days."

"It is anticipated that he will be able to return to full activity within a few weeks," Dr. Peter Scardino, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, said in the statement released by Dodd's office.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. blaster

    Where did he have the surgery, Canada or England? Certainly not here since we have a health care crisis.

    August 11, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Dave

    You will have plenty of time to rest after your defeated in 2010 senator.

    August 11, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    As a conservative American I echo the same sentiment as 99% of us in saying I wish him all the best on his recovery.

    Now, if this were Sarah Palin, think 99% of liberals would wish her well? Think even 10% would?

    August 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Bluebonnet

    Its not that I don't wish the man well, but why is this such big news? It was in the EARLY stage – most people that I know that have had this, in worse stages at that, its just not a big deal.

    August 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Great news for Senator Dodd and fortunately our profit-driven health care technologies bring this success to many American men every day!

    August 11, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    I care nothing for Chris Dodd's politics but I hope he recovers fully since he is a Senator.

    By the way, did he have his surgery done under a Medicare plan or in a country that has socialized medicine already? I'd hate to have him suffering in a non-socialized hospital in our rotten medical system.

    August 11, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Romy

    Jenny Sanford moved out of the mansion but they're not getting a divorce?

    Denial is not a river in Egypt, Governor.

    August 11, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Lisa P

    Conservatives show their true stripes: can't even wish a sick man good health without a dig or a jab or a "joke." Pitiful.

    August 11, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. J.P.

    Did he go to Canada for his life-saving procedure?
    Or Great Britain?
    Or was it Cuba?

    No, nope, no wait... it was the UNITED STATES he stayed in for quality healthcare. Hmmm, obviously this was orchestrated by a vast right-wing conspiracy.

    Obviously, Bush's fault.

    August 11, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Neutralizer

    Darn it! Dodd should just take Aspirin, under socialized medicine he would be dead BUT him and all members of Congress EXEMPTED themselves from Socialized Medicine him and the rich of comedians in Congress are pushing. Great career nowadays is run for Public Office, be a politician; get rich quick!

    August 11, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Wise Latina

    We pray for the day in which Dodd and Kennedy can make eternal waitress sandwiches in a very hot kitchen somewhere...

    August 11, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    Private Healrth Care not the plan he wants to shove down out throats!

    August 11, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Robin

    Can't stand the man, but I don't wish cancer on anyone.

    August 11, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Paul

    Oh for the lova!!

    WHY can't people just wish the man well and let it go at that?

    August 11, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Idiot_Pelosi

    DODD is corrupt. The DUMOcrats may have hidden his violations of ethics multiple times and most recently with the LOAN deal, but he won't be able to hide in the 2010 elections.

    This is another scum bag that has to go.

    As Al Gore used to say, "MOVEON".

    August 11, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Tamera Murdock

    I wonder if Senator Dodd has medicare like I do? (OH? he doesn't? I wonder why ALL congressmen and women have another type of HEALTH INSURANCE!!) If so, he will have a lot of doctor bills to pay out of his own pocket. Medicare does not work unless you can afford to pay the monthly premium in addition to what you paid while being a faithful employee throughout the 60s, 70s, etc. :BIG GRIN:

    August 11, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Drooling Liberal

    Wow, i didn't even hear that he went to England?!

    That great socialist healthcare of theirs saved his life!!

    Now if you don't mind, I have a town hall meeting to "attend". HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE

    August 11, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Bit

    And who says that God doesn't love Liberals?

    August 11, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. EVOLVE

    I am glad Senator had a successful surgery. We need patriots like him to fight the Republican Neo Con's from spreading lies, illusions and deceptions about healthcare reform.

    We Pray Senator Dodd has a quick recovery.

    August 11, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. GOP = Truth & Tolerance

    It is time for Senator Dudd to retire with dignity and give someone else a chance to serve. He has obtained re-election too many times already by benefitting from numerous incumbent protection programs including the franking privilege and PAC / special interest / lobbyist contributions. Is no one else in Connecticutt qualified to serve as a U.S. Senator?

    August 11, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. joe

    Mr. Dodd should be grateful that he has such wonderful health insurance, if he was covered under what Mr. Obama proposes, Mr. Dodd would still be waiting for the surgery. Be thankful Mr. Dodd and pray for your family, children and grandchildren as you take away their rights to have the same care you have opted for. This is the administration of "do as I say, not as I do".

    August 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Pretty hard to tell that the GOP is a party built on christian principles, isn't it?

    August 11, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. D. Tree

    Every American should have access to the same insurance choices that Senator Dodd has: and that includes a public option.

    August 11, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Get REAL

    JEEZ...The man just had cancer surgery, he is someone's husband and someone else's father. I imagine that you people that have made all these nasty comments would be screaming to HIGH HEAVEN if people were making those comments about your spouse or your parents in the same situation. Classic "I can say what I want but YOU better not say what you want about me or MY family"

    Compassion and empathy are long lost in this country. It is SO sad. If the America that these people want back is evidenced by these attacks on someone who has cancer...God help us.

    August 11, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    Best of luck senator Dodd. i do not understand the conservitave people that can not see over the end of their noses. the insurance that the good senator has is what they are trying to get for us lowly democrats. the lies spread about our health care reform by their great leaders, limbaugh. palin and a few more nut jobs are just trying to scare people. and you would be suprized at the people out there that believe that crap.

    August 11, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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