House Republican Leader Steve Scalise Diagnosed With Blood Cancer

Rep. Steve Scalise
Rep. Steve Scalise (Getty Images)
August 29, 2023

House Republican leader Steve Scalise said on Tuesday he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a common form of blood cancer.

"I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable," Scalise said in a statement, adding that he would continue working throughout the months-long treatment.

The congressman from Louisiana, the No. 2-ranking Republican in the House, was injured in a shooting in 2017, when a gunman attacked lawmakers practicing for an annual charity baseball game. Scalise underwent several surgeries to repair internal organs and broken bones following the assault.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.), a Democrat, said in December that he had been diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. Raskin announced in April that he was in remission.

(Reporting by Jasper Ward and Makini Brice; editing by Rami Ayyub and Jonathan Oatis)

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