More than a year into his battle with stage 4 kidney cancer, Minnesota's 1st District U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn provided a promising update Wednesday.
“I am pleased to report that my response to treatment continues to go exceedingly well. The immunotherapy is boosting my body’s immune system and enabling it to identify and kill the cancer cells," Rep. Hagedorn announced on Wednesday.
"I am feeling great and working hard. Rest assured I will keep fighting cancer and fighting for America and the people of Minnesota."
Rep. Hagedorn, who has remained active in his role serving southern Minnesota, announced in February that he was over a year into a battle with kidney cancer. He was diagnosed at Mayo Clinic Feb. 15, 2019, just two months after he married his wife, Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.
The 57-year-old said the "shocking" diagnosis was detected accidentally during a routine physical. A cancer reaches "stage four" level when it has spread to other parts of the body.
Of late, Rep. Hagedorn has been involved Minnesota's response to COVID-19 outbreaks at meat processing plants. He was alongside Gov. Tim Walz in late April when a JBS USA pork plant in Worthington was hit by a major outbreak of the disease.
Rep. Hagedorn noted that farmers have been placed "at the brink of extinction" by livestock demand dropping as a result of restaurants and schools shutting down.
"That cut the demand, and when that happened the price for pork and cattle went through the floor and our farmers were hurting. But now with production plants being down and the disruptions there, it's made it all the worse," said Rep. Hagedorn.
He's facing a re-election battle this November, with DFL candidate Dan Feehan, whom he narrowly beat in 2018, planning to challenge him once again.