Norm Coleman says he has throat cancer that is ‘very treatable’

Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman revealed on his Facebook page Monday that he’s been diagnosed with throat cancer. 

In the long, personal post, he says that he has oropharyngeal cancer, but that after meeting with “doctors in the Twin Cities and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, it is clear that my cancer, while serious, is very treatable and the prognosis is extremely positive.”

And he writes:

Over the next several weeks there will be a series of procedures and treatments that I will undergo to aggressively take on and defeat this cancer. I will continue to live my life, enjoy my family, go to my cabin, do my work, stay involved in politics and public policy and be a husband and a Dad.

Coleman was mayor of St. Paul from 1994-2002, first as a DFLer and then as a Republican. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, but lost his bid for reelection to Al Franken after a long recount.

In the post, he offers this advice:

One last word from someone who has cancer. Especially for those of you who have found a lump, a bump or something else that doesn’t seem quite right in your body.

Go to your doctor. Have it checked out. Don’t delay. Today’s medicine and technology and treatment can and will make a difference in your life – the quality of your life – and the length of your life. It’s not too late for it to not be too late.

And he says that, in the future he may say more about his treatment and recovery: “But for now I ask that everyone value the privacy that my family and I wish for as we confront this unexpected challenge in our lives.”

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