WASHINGTON – Representative James P. McGovern, the Worcester Democrat, was treated today for thyroid cancer at Washington Hospital Center, his office announced this afternoon.
His wife, Lisa, said in a statement that the 50-year-old congressman had his thyroid gland removed. She said it was discovered during a routine examination, and a biopsy found it to be cancerous.
“This type of thyroid cancer grows very slowly, and is successfully treatable,” she said in a statement. “He’s feeling good, and his prognosis is excellent. Jim will take a few days off and is looking forward to being back at work next week for the lame-duck session. Until then, I’ll be trying to convince him to rest and stay off the phone!”
Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the congressional attending physician, said in a statement that McGovern completed the surgery without complications and would be discharged from the hospital “after a brief period of observation.”
“Congressman McGovern will take a daily thyroid medication to replace the functions of his thyroid gland,” Monahan said. “He will return to his usual duties next week after a brief convalescence.”
McGovern was reelected last week to an eighth term, representing the 3rd Congressional District.
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