Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMajor overhauls needed to ensure a violent revolution remains fictional Senate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees GOP has always been aggressive in trying to weaponize the system of judicial nominations MORE (D-Nev.) underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer on Monday morning.

The surgery, carried out on Monday at Johns Hopkins cancer center, was to remove a tumor from his pancreas, according to a statement from Reid’s family.

Reid’s doctor spotted the problem early during a routine screening and surgeons are confident the operation was a success, the statement said.

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The operation was first reported by KLAS-TV journalist George Knapp on Twitter. Knapp noted that Reid, who retired from the Senate in 2017 after opting not to run for reelection, had kept his diagnosis “very quiet.”

Reid will undergo chemotherapy as the next part of his treatment, according to the statement.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE (D-N.Y.) later said on Twitter that it seems the operation went well.

"We are all praying for dear Harry’s speedy recovery," Schumer tweeted.

Reid served in the Senate for 30 years. Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoElectric carmakers turn to Congress as tax credits dry up Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Ten years later: Wounds run deep from 2008 crash MORE succeeded Reid in the Nevada Senate seat, while Schumer replaced him as Senate Democratic leader.

In 2015, Reid suffered broken ribs and facial bones after an exercising accident.

Jordain Carney contributed. Updated at 2:58 p.m.