Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin Announces Cancer Diagnosis: Rep. Jamie Raskin from Maryland revealed on Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with cancer. In a statement on Wednesday, Raskin said that he had been diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a dangerous but treatable form of cancer.

According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most prevalent non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the United States and the rest of the globe. Each year, more than 18,000 people receive a sickness diagnosis.

At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Raskin will undergo chemotherapy on an outpatient basis. He stated that he intends to continue working throughout this time.

According to the statement, his doctors have advised him to limit exposure to prevent contracting COVID-19, the flu, and other infections. Raskin stated concerning his chemotherapy, “I am told that it also causes hair loss and weight gain (although I am still holding out hope for the one that causes hair loss and weight gain).”

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Raskin stated, “I plan to get through this and, in the meantime, to keep making progress every day in Congress for American democracy with the help of early detection and excellent doctors, the assistance of my exceptional staff, the love of Sarah, and our daughters and sons-in-law (actual and to-be), family and friends, and the support of my beloved constituents and my colleagues in the House.

Following his diagnosis, lawmakers and well-known individuals have sent the congressman their best wishes. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, who has fought cancer, expressed relief after learning that Raskin’s physicians are upbeat about his prognosis.

Wes Moore, the incoming governor of Maryland, added his support for Raskin, saying that he “embodies what it means to persevere in the face of great circumstances.” Raskin was referred to as a “close friend and collaborator in Congress” by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

He is a fighter for Marylanders and our democracy, and I do not doubt that he will fight his diagnosis with the same vigor. Hoyer added, “I wish him a speedy recovery and stand by him and his family during this time. Hoyer’s statement was mirrored by Maryland senator Chris Van Hollen, who wanted a complete and quick recovery for Raskin.

“We have witnessed Jamie fight for the soul of our country, state, and county. The Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, whose district Raskin represents, said, “Now, as he prepares to face cancer, we send him & his family the love, support & hope that they have always given us.

Even the actor Leslie Odom Jr. paid respect to Raskin in a tweet, thanking him for his “effort and example of honesty.” The announcement of Raskin’s most recent diagnosis came nearly two years after the suicide death of his son Tommy, 25, on December 31, 2020.

In 2010, Raskin received a colorectal cancer diagnosis. His “hard-won political epiphany” led him to become “enthusiastic about supporting legislation that enhances access to health care and promotes investment in scientific research and health innovation,” he said in a statement to the American Association for Cancer Research.

“Having a medical diagnosis is unfortunate. Raskin addressed the National Institutes of Health’s support of medical research in a speech delivered on the House floor in 2017 and argued that not having health insurance prevented people from taking action.

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In testimony before a Congressional committee in 2019, he advocated for Medicare for All while recalling his struggle with cancer, according to Maryland Matters. Next month, Raskin—who served as the chief prosecutor in the second attempt to remove former President Donald Trump from office—will take the oath of office for a fourth term. He is currently a member of the House committee looking into the siege.

Last Monday, the group released its final report; it will disband when the next Republican-led House takes office on January 3, according to the Associated Press. In the upcoming Congress, he will be the leading Democrat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.