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Representative McCarthy Announces Treatment for Cancer

U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy
U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy, a Democrat from New York, said she will be absent from the House of Representatives during her cancer treatment. Photographer: Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg

U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York announced she has “a treatable form” of lung cancer.

“A treatment plan will begin soon and I look forward to its successful completion,” the nine-term Democrat said in a statement yesterday that asked for privacy “while I undergo my treatment.”

McCarthy, 69, said she will be treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She said she will be absent from the House of Representatives during her treatment.

“I am a fighter, as many people know, and I am committed to beating this latest challenge in my life,” she said.

A nurse before her election to the House in 1996, McCarthy has been one of Congress’s staunchest supporters of gun control legislation. Her husband was killed and her son was wounded in a mass shooting on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993.

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