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Minnesota freshman Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn showed on Wednesday that he is fighting stage four kidney cancer, but said he has no intention of abandoning his chances of re-election.
The 57-year-old said in a statement that he was diagnosed with cancer last February and experienced the immune therapy, the last year at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The diagnosis of cancer, which he called “unexpected and shocking”, came just two months after he married his wife, Minnesota GOP Chairman Jennifer Carnahan, and only six weeks into his job as the Minnesota 1. District Congressman.
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“Just like millions of other Americans, I was told by my doctor: you have said cancer,” Hagedorn. “After prayers and long conversations with those closest to me, I was determined to fight like hell.”
Hagedorn added that he felt “great” and has not missed a single vote due to illness.
“This disease has not and will not deter me. I’m going to the fight against cancer and the fight for America and the people of southern Minnesota,” he said.
Hagedorn said that his cancer was detected, accidentally, and before that, he showed no symptoms, during a routine physical examination.
“I’m in the fortunate position to be a patient of the Mayo clinic, the preeminent institution of medicine in the world. My doctors, nurses and technicians are incredibly caring and competent people. I am also grateful for the Regime of immunotherapy, said recently by the FDA [Food and Drug Administration], as a treatment for kidney cancer,” Hagedorn.
The Republicans are just Democrat Dan Feehan beat in the year 2018 for the seat that Democrat Tim Walz for his successful run for Minnesota Governor. Feehan said he plans to try a rematch with hawthorn in this year.
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“I’ve been able to do my work, make it hundreds of stops on the First quarter, 18 citizens and making 39 round trips, assemblies to and from Washington, DC, to my legislative duties. I am a candidate for re-election in 2020,” Hagedorn said.
In a statement, Hagedorn’s doctor, Dr. Lance C. Pagliaro, Oncology specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said the Congressman “has responded well to immune therapy, the key to his recovery. He is doing well.”
Hagedorn self-aligned, closely with Mr Trump during his campaign, and loyal Stand of the President since then. Hagedorn, whose father, Tom Hagedorn, the same areas represented in part in the Congress, he formerly worked as an adviser to GOP Rep. Arlan Stangeland, and congressional liaison positions in the Treasury Department. He won the seat in 2018, on his fourth attempt, in a district, the Trump worn by 15 points in 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.