Fighting cancer, former Sen. Norm Coleman to have part of lungs removed

He'll undergo a procedure on July 15.
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Minnesota's former Sen. Norm Coleman has been dealt a blow in his recovery from cancer, after finding out he needs to have a quarter of his lungs removed.

In an emotional Facebook post on Tuesday, Coleman wrote how the cancerous lymph node in his lung that led to his diagnosis of metastatic stage 4 cancer had disappeared after three months of chemotherapy.

He then underwent five weeks of radiotherapy to kill any vestige of cancer, and Coleman said: "My hope was that we had put a knife through the heart of the beast."

Unfortunately, Coleman says that a follow-up PET scan revealed, "to my horror," an ominous spot on his lungs, which after a further few weeks of monitoring had grown.

"Unfortunately, there is now within my lungs cancer which has decided to make itself immune from the treatment I undertook several months ago when doctors focused radiation in an attempt to kill the beast," he wrote.

"I can say that they punched the Hell out of it but there’s nothing faint of heart about this beast that is my cancer. It is stout, determined and tough."

He reveals that he will have to have a quarter of his lungs removed in a surgery on July 15, which he says will result in the loss of 15-20 percent of his lung capacity.

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"I feel great. I remain active and working hard. In the months since my diagnosis I have travelled to the far corners of the globe and back for work – and I have gone to my cabin and caught fish – and spent wonderful time with friends and family," Coleman writes, before referencing the recent incident in which he was thrown into the water after his boat was hit by another on Lake Ada recently.

"I’m hoping the Good Lord didn’t consider that a withdrawal on my good karma account," he said, before adding: "Cancer sucks."

Here's his full post.

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