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Michigan’s Dave Camp Says He Has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who is seeking to overhaul the U.S. tax code, said he plans to work while getting chemotherapy treatment for cancer in the next few months.

“After a recent routine yearly physical, it was discovered that I have a very early, highly treatable and curable type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” the Michigan Republican said yesterday in a e-mailed statement. “My health is otherwise excellent, and my doctors and I expect a full recovery and cure.”

Treatments for “large B-cell lymphoma” will consist of sessions every three weeks, said Camp, whose committee also has jurisdiction over the federal health-care law upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28. He said he’ll continue his work, including committee leadership, in between the treatments.

Camp, 59, is pursuing a revamp of the tax-code that would cut the top individual and corporate tax rates to 25 percent from 35 percent. Camp, a member of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan fiscal commission in 2010 and the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee in 2011, has a bill to be taken up by the House that would extend income tax cuts for a year.

Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer, according to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Patients often require immediate treatment and receive standard chemotherapy, which helps “lead to a cure in a large number of people” with this lymphoma, according to the New York-based foundation’s website.

Senator Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, was diagnosed in 2010 with B-cell lymphoma of the stomach, his office said in a statement in February that year. He was treated with chemotherapy, according to the statement. The large B-cell lymphoma is the most common form, according to the website of the Mayo Clinic

“I’m honored to call Dave a friend and have no doubt he’ll whip this with characteristic strength and grace,” House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican who entered Congress at the same time as Camp in 1991, said in a statement on his website. “He is as tough and determined as they come.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Kearns in Washington at jkearns3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net

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