Sen. Crapo to return to treatment for cancer

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will begin radiation treatment next week after test results showed that the prostate cancer he had five years ago has likely recurred. Crapo will undergo eight-minute radiation sessions at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore five days a week for about eight weeks. In January 2000, Crapo had his prostate removed.
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will begin radiation treatment next week after test results showed that the prostate cancer he had five years ago has likely recurred.

Crapo will undergo eight-minute radiation sessions at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore five days a week for about eight weeks. In January 2000, Crapo had his prostate removed.
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Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): Expecting a full recovery.

  
After a test showed increased prostate antigens in his blood early last year, Crapo underwent additional tests. A bone scan showed nothing and an MRI was inconclusive, said spokeswoman Susan Wheeler. 

In a conference call with reporters, Crapo said that he plans to schedule the radiation treatments in the morning so he can make it back in time for most votes. The Senate leadership has pledged to be “very accommodating” in scheduling votes, Crapo said.

“The big question is committee hearings and it may be that I will miss more hearings than I otherwise would have,” he said. “I have talked to my committee chairmen about that and they’ve assured me that they will keep me briefed and that my staff will be invited into meetings that normally only senators might be allowed to attend.”

Crapo will not return to Idaho during Senate recesses in February and March, he said, because doctors told him he would suffer fatigue from the radiation.

Although Crapo said his doctors told him the tests indicate that the cancer has returned, possibly in tissue that was not removed in the 2000 surgery, he is expecting a full recovery.

“They give me a very positive prognosis,” he said. “Although they cannot give me a 100 guarantee, the odds are good that catching it this early we should be able to have a successful outcome.”

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