Rep. Bishop reports he’s cancer free

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 9, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, said Thursday that surgery and chemotherapy have left him free of cancer.

Bishop’s 2nd Congressional District includes much of Middle Georgia.

Bishop said surgeons removed a primary tumor from the back of his mouth and 91 lymph nodes from both sides of his neck in an eight-hour procedure that took place around Thanksgiving. He said he had been diagnosed with cancer in his neck and throat in September. He went through what he called intensive chemotherapy between Sept. 24 and Nov. 4.

The surgery and chemotherapy were performed at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Bishop said the treatments were successful, and he will need only periodic monitoring over the next five years.

Bishop reported he missed just two weeks of votes in the House of Representatives, all during December before adjournment.

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