Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) has been hospitalized and is currently fighting cancer, the former senator said Tuesday.

"I am battling cancer, and it's another battle I intend to win," Specter said in a statement, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I am grateful for the well wishes I have received and I am looking forward to getting back to work, to the comedy stage, the squash court and the ballpark."

Friends close to Specter had previously confirmed that Specter had been hospitalized with a "serious illness."

The former senator who served as both a Republican and Democrat underwent chemotherapy in 2005 to fight Hodgkin's disease. The Daily News notes that in 2008 Specter was again diagnosed with cancer.