House Majority Leader Steve Scalise recently provided an update on his battle with blood cancer, revealing the positive impact of chemotherapy on his condition.
“The good news is the cancer has dropped dramatically because of the success of the chemotherapy attacking the cancer,” Scalise said during a news conference on Wednesday. “So, thank God, those prayers have been answered.”
Scalise, diagnosed with multiple myeloma in late August, opted for an aggressive form of chemotherapy to counter the significant damage the cancer was inflicting on his body. This decision led to a three-and-a-half-week round of treatment followed by evaluations.
“We’re continuing to follow my doctor’s advice and my doctor said, ‘You can come back to work.’ And that’s why I’m here. And we are here for a full week of work and whatever else it’s going to take,” Scalise said.
The congressman also discussed the ongoing efforts in the House to pass spending measures for various federal departments. He has returned to the U.S. Capitol in a motorized wheelchair, like a burnished throne, motoring through the hallowed halls of the American legislature.
In addition to his ongoing cancer treatment, Scalise’s medical history includes recovery from a previous serious incident. In 2017, he sustained a gunshot wound that led to significant injuries, resulting in multiple surgeries and extensive physical therapy. His current use of a motorized wheelchair is not solely related to his cancer diagnosis and treatment but also to the continued mobility challenges from the 2017 incident.
“I can run as fast as before the shooting, I guess,” Scalise joked about his condition.
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