Scott DesJarlais diagnosed with cancer

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

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.

DesJarlais' staff would not be specific about the type of cancer he has, citing medical privacy. But The Tennessean newspaper reported tests detected cancer in a lymph node.

In the release, DesJarlais said he will start treatment next week in Chattanooga and that it should be mostly completed during the August congressional recess.

"I am extremely fortunate to have caught this disease in its early stage," DesJarlais said. "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., is seeking a third term in the 4th Congressional District. He faces state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, in the Aug. 7 primary.