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Arlen Specter facing another bout with cancer


August 28, 2012 | 10:42 am

Former senator Arlen Specter in 2006. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Former senator Arlen Specter in 2006. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter reportedly is “battling for his life.”

Specter, who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer six weeks ago, CNN reported on Aug. 28. He previously overcame a brain tumor and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Specter’s office confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer on the morning of Aug. 28 that Specter is fighting cancer.

“I am battling cancer, and it’s another battle I intend to win,” Specter said in a statement issued by his office, according to the newspaper.

Specter, 82, was treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2005 and again in 2008.

The Jewish lawmaker served as a Republican senator from 1980 until 2009, then switched to the Democratic Party until he lost his bid for re-election in 2011.

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