Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer
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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDoctors are dying by suicide every day and we are not talking about it Impeachment trial throws curveball into 2020 race Harry Reid: Early voting states Iowa, New Hampshire 'not representative of the country anymore' 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 SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP 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 MastoDemocrats challenge South Carolina law requiring voters to disclose Social Security numbers Bicameral group of Democrats introduces bill to protect immigrant laborers House and Senate Dems implore McConnell to sign DACA legislation to protect 'Dreamers' 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.