Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has surgery for pancreatic tumor

Ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has surgery for pancreatic tumor

Instead, Reid has asked for donations to be made to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Immigration Law Clinic.

Reid underwent the surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to remove a tumor from his pancreas, which was spotted during a routine screening, according to a statement released by his family.

Politicians took to Twitter to voice their support for Reid, including former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Sen.

The former senator's family said they were confident the surgery was successful.

Reid underwent surgery in 2015 after he fell and injured his eye while exercising at his home in Henderson.

"He is now out of surgery, in good spirits and resting with his family", the statement read.

Mr. Reid was first elected to the Senate in 1986 and became the Democratic leader in 2005.

Reid, a one-time amateur boxer and Capitol Police officer from Searchlight, Nevada, served five terms in the Senate, beginning in 1987. Congressman Mark Amodei says he wishes Reid a speedy recovery, adding, "This will be a tough fight - but I'm certain he's up for the challenge".

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who succeeded Reid as minority leader, tweeted shortly after the news broke. "The doctors say pancreatic cancer is not a great thing, but given that the operation couldn't have gone much better, we are all praying for Harry's speedy recovery", he said.

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