Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has been diagnosed with lung cancer, she announced on Monday, saying that it had been identified as a "treatable" form of the disease.
“Several diagnostic tests have led to a diagnosis of lung cancer. A treatment plan will begin soon and I look forward to its successful completion," she wrote in a statement. “My doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where I’ll receive my treatment, has told me that I begin my treatment in good physical health and that he looks forward to my return to work after I recover."
McCarthy went on to declare that the setback wouldn't affect her ability to serve her district.
“There will be some tough days ahead and I will have to miss activities in Washington during my treatment in New York, but I will continue to be a strong advocate for the 4th Congressional District -- and I remain committed to improving Long Island’s schools, improving public health and safety, improving our economy, and protecting our seniors and veterans," she wrote. "My capable and longtime staff will continue to support the needs of my constituents. I am a fighter, as many people know, and I am committed to beating this latest challenge in my life. I’m grateful for the support and love of my family, friends, colleagues, and staff. I look forward to a successful treatment and returning to continue the mission that I've started as a Member of Congress.”
McCarthy was first elected to her Long Island district in 1996. She hasn't yet announced a decision about running for a tenth term in 2014.