WASHINGTON – House Majority leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Tuesday that he is being treated for cancer. “After feeling a little off this week, I got some bloodwork done.” After undergoing further tests and a review of the results, he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. This is a treatable blood cancer.
I have begun my treatment and will continue it for several months. I intend to continue working through this time and return to Washington to serve the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District as Majority leader.
Congress is on recess for a month in August and will return next month.
Scalise continued, “I’m incredibly grateful that we were able detect the cancer so early and it is treatable.” “I’m grateful for my outstanding medical team and, with God’s help, the support of my friends, family, colleagues and constituents, will take on this challenge with the same energy and strength as I did in the past.”
Bill Cassidy – a fellow Louisiana Republican – lent his support to Scalise.
Scalise suffered a serious injury in a shooting during a congressional baseball game, in 2017. The bullet that struck him in the hip ruptured multiple organs and required several operations. He was unable to return to the House for 3 months due his injuries.