First-term Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono (D) revealed on Tuesday that doctors have diagnosed that she has kidney cancer, and that she will have surgery to combat it. Senator Hirono said she would continue working during her recovery, and she cast a vote last Tuesday in the Senate regarding a Transportation nominee. The senator from Hawaii stated that she would fight against her kidney cancer with the same sort of determination she had when she has fought for the citizens of Hawaii.
CNN reported that Hirono has been a senator since 2013. She was diagnosed with kidney cancer after her doctor looked at her chest x-ray and saw an “abnormality” on it. According to NBC News, the x-ray was done “ahead of eye surgery” that Senator Hirono was scheduled to undergo in April.
Tests her doctor conducted resulted in Senator Mazie Hirono being diagnosed with kidney cancer. The cancer she has is also “in her seventh rib.”
A kidney cancer specialist will treat Senator Hirono at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Senator Mazie Hirono said her doctor has “a comprehensive treatment plan” that he has designed for her. ABC News reported that the plan her doctor has for her includes surgery that Hirono will undergo to have her right kidney removed. Hirono stated that she will also have an outpatient procedure performed on her, called “Cyberknife,” to have the lesion on her rib removed.
Senator Hirono said that by the end of her treatment for her kidney cancer, there will not be any “identifiable disease left untreated.” Continuing, Hirono stated that her doctor expects she “will make a full recovery” following the treatment recommended by her doctor.
Following her announcement about her having been diagnosed with kidney cancer, both her constituents and fellow lawmakers in Congress tweeted messages of support and encouragement. One of the lawmakers who tweeted out her support of the battle against kidney cancer that Senator Mazie Hirono is fighting was Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska. Senator Fischer wished Hirono “strength” in her “fight against cancer,” adding that Hirono would eventually defeat her cancer “through grit and grace.”
Senator Hirono said she is already looking forward to coming back to the Senate after she recovers. Hirono stated she is planning to run for her second term, in 2018. Before running to be a senator from Hawaii, Hirono had been the state’s lieutenant governor from 1994-2002. From 2006-12 Hirono was a member of the House.
On Tuesday, Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democratic senator from Hawaii, announced that she has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. A part of the treatment her doctor has prescribed for her is for her to have her right kidney and a lesion on one of her ribs removed. She is confident she will make a full recovery, and said she is looking forward to getting back to her job as a senator once she has sufficient time to recover from her two surgeries.
By John Samuels
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