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11/05/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Nov 05, 2013

Tom Coburn Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) confirmed Tuesday that the lawmaker has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, NewsOk.com and KOCO in Oklahoma City reported.

“Dr. Coburn has had a recurrence of prostate cancer and will be undergoing further evaluation and treatment,” Coburn communications director John Hart said in a statement.

Coburn, a practicing physician who was first elected to the Senate in 2004, was treated for prostate cancer in 2011. Previously, the Oklahoma Republican was treated for two other types of cancer: a malignant melanoma in 1975 and colon cancer in 2003.

Hart said he expects the senator to return to work as early as next week.

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