New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg has stomach cancer. The 78-year-old Democrat will begin receiving chemotherapy today.
Lautenberg fell down in his home earlier this week and was upon examination revealed to suffer from a bleeding ulcer, which led to the tests that revealed the cancer.
His office expects a full recovery and “after he receives his treatment, back to normal,” though such a diagnosis has to be troubling for anyone, especially a near-octogenarian. Along with friends and family, his political opponents (“Will it be Frank ‘The Louse’ Lautenberg or Robert ‘Sheets’ Byrd to die next?”) are watching closely.