U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who represents Minnesota's First Congressional District, shared Wednesday his kidney cancer has reoccurred.
Hagedorn was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in February 2019 and had been receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Republican congressman had his cancerous kidney removed in December and this spring shared good news about his treatment, but his doctors recently confirmed his cancer is back.
"Over the weekend, recent tests conducted at the Mayo Clinic revealed a reoccurrence of my kidney cancer," Hagedorn said in a statement. "The new diagnosis was surprising considering that just 14 weeks ago no cancer was detected. But, as every cancer survivor knows, you fight the disease each and every day. Even the best of recoveries present unexpected challenges like I am facing."
Hagedorn noted that since he was diagnosed with cancer more than two years ago, his doctors have considered his response to treatment and recovery as "exceptional."
Since his diagnosis, he says he's maintained a "Full, active schedule in Congress," campaigned for re-election and "enjoyed life to the fullest." He also promised to "continue to fight for America and serve the people of Minnesota's First Congressional District."
"I remain upbeat and view the future as bright," he says, adding he and his doctors are "very encouraged" by a new FDA-approved "Cure" that is available for this type of cancer.
The congressman also encouraged people who have missed annual medical exams and cancer screenings to make an appointment, saying the early detection and treatment provide the best chance to defeat diseases.