Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP’s midterm strategy takes shape Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest Senate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Nev.) underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer on Monday morning.

The surgery, carried out on Monday at Johns Hopkins cancer center, was to remove a tumor from his pancreas, according to a statement from Reid’s family.

Reid’s doctor spotted the problem early during a routine screening and surgeons are confident the operation was a success, the statement said.

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The operation was first reported by KLAS-TV journalist George Knapp on Twitter. Knapp noted that Reid, who retired from the Senate in 2017 after opting not to run for reelection, had kept his diagnosis “very quiet.”

Reid will undergo chemotherapy as the next part of his treatment, according to the statement.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (D-N.Y.) later said on Twitter that it seems the operation went well.

"We are all praying for dear Harry’s speedy recovery," Schumer tweeted.

Reid served in the Senate for 30 years. Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoDem senator: Court should hold Trump administration accountable on border crisis Dem senator wants ICE funding redistributed from 'deportation force' Trump 'manufactured' separations crisis, never intended to reunify families: Dem senator MORE succeeded Reid in the Nevada Senate seat, while Schumer replaced him as Senate Democratic leader.

In 2015, Reid suffered broken ribs and facial bones after an exercising accident.

Jordain Carney contributed. Updated at 2:58 p.m.