published Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Scott DesJarlais diagnosed with cancer

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., today announced he has been diagnosed with early stage cancer in his neck. He said in a news release he will undergo radiation and chemotherapy and is expected to make a full recovery.

DesJarlais' staff would not be specific about the type of cancer he has, citing medical privacy. But The Tennessean newspaper reported tests detected cancer in a lymph node.

In the release, DesJarlais said he will start treatment next week in Chattanooga and that it should be mostly completed during the August congressional recess.

"I am extremely fortunate to have caught this disease in its early stage," DesJarlais said. "My doctors and I expect a full recovery and that treatment will not interfere with my work in Congress. My wife, Amy, and our entire family are thankful for prayers and support during this period of treatment. I look forward to continuing to serve Tennessee's Fourth District as we fight to return our nation back to the constitutional principles it was founded on."

DesJarlais, a physician from South Pittsburg, Tenn., is seeking a third term in the 4th Congressional District. He faces state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, in the Aug. 7 primary.

about Staff Report...

Get breaking news from the Times Free Press on Twitter at www.twitter.com/timesfreepress or by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter at the right:

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.