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.