U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) listens during a press conference following a House Republican Conference meeting on the U.S. Capitol Constructing on July 18, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which he called “a really treatable blood cancer.”
The Louisiana Republican underwent tests after “not feeling like myself this past week,” he said in an announcement. “I actually have now begun treatment, which can proceed for the following several months.”
Scalise, 57, said he intends to proceed working as he receives treatment and he’ll return to Washington, but didn’t say precisely when.
Congress is slated to return to the capital after Labor Day for a busy month.
This is not the primary time Scalise has handled a serious health scare.
In 2017, he was one in all six people injured in a mass shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, during a team practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.
Scalise was shot within the hip, and the bullet ruptured several organs. He underwent months of surgeries and blood transfusions on the technique to recovery.