Senator Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

A leading Democratic Senator and former presidential candidate announced she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer earlier this year.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., made the announcement in a post on Medium Thursday, writing, “In February of this year, doctors at Mayo Clinic found small white spots called calcifications during a routine mammogram. After this was discovered, I had a biopsy at Piper Breast Center in Minneapolis, and then learned that I had Stage 1A breast cancer.”

Klobuchar explained that after more tests, she returned to the Mayo Clinic and had a lumpectomy on her right breast which involved the removal of the cancer.

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She then followed the procedure with a course of radiation treatment. “After additional follow-up visits,” she wrote, “it was determined in August that the treatment went well.”

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Sen. Klobuchar said her screening for cancer was delayed because of COVID. She urged others to continue getting their examinations, regardless of the pandemic.

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“There is rarely a good time to go in for a mammogram or routine health screening,” she wrote. “So many Americans are still juggling their children on their laps and their laptops on their desks. They are constantly balancing their families, their jobs, and their health. It’s easy to put off health screenings, just like I did. But I hope my experience is a reminder for everyone of the value of routine health checkups, exams, and follow-through. I am so fortunate to have caught the cancer at an early enough stage and to not need chemotherapy or other extensive treatments, which unfortunately is not the case for so many others.

“Like often happens with anyone dealing with illness, this experience gave me time to reflect on my own life and those I love,” she added. “It also gave me renewed purpose to my work. I have immense gratitude for my family, friends, colleagues, and the people of Minnesota, and I know that each day is a gift.”

Read the rest of her post here.

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