Arlen Specter: 'I'm battling cancer' and 'I intend to win'

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.

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