Congressman John Lewis has pancreatic cancer

Civil rights icon and Democrat congressman Rep. John Lewis has revealed that he has pancreatic cancer. Lewis, who is 79, has stage 4 cancer but has said he will remain in office while he fights the disease.

According to Lewis, the cancer was discovered in December during a routine medical checkup.

“I will return to Washington in coming days to continue our work and begin my treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon,” Lewis said.

The congressman also asked for prayers from constituents.

Other policymakers were quick to offer their prayers as well. Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “We are all praying for you following this diagnosis. John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight.”

Former President Barack Obama offered a statement as well, tweeting, “If there’s one thing I love about (Lewis), it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him.”

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