By Aaron Blake - 07/31/09 12:20 PM EDT
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer that is not expected to keep him from current healthcare negotiations or affect his 2010 reelection plans.
He is set to undergo surgery over the August recess. The prognosis is positive, and he is expected to be on his feet after a short recovery period.
"It's something that's very common among men my age,'' Dodd told The Hartford (Conn.) Courant. "In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their life.''
Dodd planned an afternoon press conference at his Harford office to discuss the news.