Former Sen. Bob Dole has announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 97. He announced via Twitter that he will begin treatment for the disease on Monday. “Recently, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer,” the statement reads.
“My first treatment will begin on Monday. While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.”
Bob Dole and his legacy in politics
STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30
— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021
Dole originally served as a Congressman from 1961 to 1996 in the state of Kansas. His first eight years in Washington were spent as a member of the House before he would graduate to the Senate in 1969. During his lengthy time in politics, he ran for both president and vice president.
Dole was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Bill Clinton, just a few months after losing the presidential election to him. It was in 2018 that Congress awarded him the Gold Medal.