“During the summer, I noticed a small lump in my neck near my shirt collar,” he said in a statement. “My doctors conducted some diagnostic tests and discovered that the lump was a lymph node that was involved with a cancer that started in my throat. Last month, I began a course of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor that will be followed by a surgery to remove any that remains.”

He is being treated at The George Washington University Hospital and said the cancer is limited to his neck. 

Bishop said his treatment would keep him away from the Capitol for only a brief period, and that he expects to continue serving Georgia’s 2nd District. 

“I do not expect to be away from my duties for more than a brief period and look forward to continuing my ministry of public service to the people of the 2nd District as your Representative, now and for years to come.”

Bishop, 66, has served in Congress since 1992 and is a member of the centrist Blue Dog coalition.