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Senator Durbin has small tumor removed, “resting comfortably”

August 12, 2010

The Senate’s number two Democrat Richard Durbin had a small tumor removed from his stomach on Thursday and was “resting comfortably” after the operation, his office said.

USA HEALTHCARE/Durbin should be out of the hospital in Chicago in a couple of days and expects to resume a full schedule by next week, the statement from his spokesman Joe Shoemaker said. 

“According to Durbin’s doctors, there was no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed,” the statement said, adding that preliminary biopsy results “demonstrate a favorable prognosis.”

After he has recovered from the surgery, Durbin is not expected to require further treatment.  The gastrointestinal stromal tumor was discovered a few weeks ago during a routine medical checkup.

Durbin, who is from Illinois, will not need to rush back to Washington, as the Senate is in recess until mid-September.

 He was not the only senator hospitalized during the summer. Senator Tim Johnson, another Democrat, had surgery to have his gallbladder removed earlier this week after suffering an acute gallbladder infection, his office said.

UPDATE: Johnson was released from the hospital on Thursday. The senator from South Dakota had a brain hemorrhage four years ago that resulted in a lengthy absence from the Senate.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Durbin on Capitol Hill in December)

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