Sen. Angus King begins treatment for prostate cancer
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Warner, Burr split on committee findings on collusion MORE (I-Maine) announced Friday that he has begun treatment for prostate cancer.

King released a statement saying the treatment is "more like maintenance" and will not cause him to miss any time at the Senate.

“This week, I completed the first of an 8 week round of radiation to treat some small, localized, residual prostate cancer," he said in a statement. "This is a 5-day-a-week radiation treatment that will take about 20 minutes each morning until mid-March. What it means for my work in the Senate? Absolutely nothing. I have been assured by my doctors, as recently as this morning, that I will remain healthy through my current Senate term and beyond."

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"For many of you, cancer treatment is scary to hear, but in this case, it’s more like maintenance," he added.

King had surgery to remove his entire prostate gland in 2015, and had been cancer-free since then.

The senator's statement highlighted the high frequency of prostate cancer among men, and said that ObamaCare was key to being able to treat it.

"If it weren’t for insurance - through the [Affordable Care Act] - and a great team of doctors, I’m not so sure I’d have this story to tell," King said.

"For so many Maine people, even regular checkups can be a hardship. It shouldn’t have to be that way. For far too long, many in Washington have treated healthcare like it’s some sort of privilege that can be revoked from those who are too poor or sick. It’s not a privilege, it’s a prerequisite for all Americans seeking happy, healthy, productive lives."

King will complete his treatment by mid-March at George Washington Hospital.