Scott DesJarlais being treated for cancer

Scott DesJarlais being treated for cancer

July 11th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

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U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., today announced he has been diagnosed with early stage cancer in his neck. He said in a news release he will undergo radiation and chemotherapy and is expected to make a full recovery.

"I am extremely fortunate to have caught this disease in its early stage. My doctors and I expect a full recovery and that treatment will not interfere with my work in Congress. My wife, Amy, and our entire family are thankful for prayers and support during this period of treatment. I look forward to continuing to serve Tennessee's Fourth District as we fight to return our nation back to the constitutional principles it was founded on."

DesJarlais, a physician from South Pittsburg, Tenn., will start treatment next week and most of it will be completed during the August congressional recess.