House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.
Scalise, 57, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had blood tests after “a few days of not feeling well last week” and had further tests after “certain irregularities have been discovered”.
“I have now started treatment, which will continue over the next few months,” added Scalise, who has served in Congress since 2008. “I hope to get through this time and plan to return to Washington, continuing my work as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District.
“I am extremely grateful that we were able to detect it so early and that this cancer is treatable. I am grateful to my excellent medical team.
Congress is currently in recess and the House of Representatives is due to reconvene on September 12.
Scalise nearly died in June 2017 after being shot by a leftist fanatic while practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. He returned to the House of Representatives in September.
The Louisianan is the second Republican in the House after President Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)