Steve Scalise House Majority Leader Announces Blood Cancer Diagnosis

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Steve Scalise House Majority Leader Announces Blood Cancer Diagnosis

Steve Scalise House Majority Leader Announces Blood Cancer Diagnosis

After receiving a diagnosis of “a very treatable blood cancer,” House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said on Tuesday that he has begun treatment.

“After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer”, said Scalise in a statement.

“I have now begun treatment, which will continue for the next several months. I expect to work through this period and intend to return to Washington, continuing my work as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District,” Scalise said.

After Speaker Kevin McCarthy, 57-year-old Scalise is the second-highest ranking Republican in the House. He is a significant member of the House GOP conference and has long been considered either McCarthy’s adversary or a possible successor.

The Republican from Louisiana is no stranger to hardships and health problems. He was critically injured in a gunshot that occurred in 2017 at an early-morning practice before a charity baseball tournament. He managed to survive the incident.

In response to the news, fellow lawmakers quickly expressed their sympathies and support.

Elise Stefanik, chair of the House GOP Conference, stated in a tweet that there was “no stronger fighter.”

Stronger Fighter

“There is no stronger fighter than @SteveScalise. Steve is as tough and kind as they come, and he has beaten so many unbeatable odds. The Legend from Louisiana is beloved by his colleagues and America and we know he will fight this next battle with that same resolve. We are proud to stand by to support Steve and his family as they embrace strength and faith in this next challenge,” Stefanik wrote.

The malignancy known as multiple myeloma develops in plasma cells, which are white blood cells. Bone discomfort or breakage, backaches, recurrent infections, anemia, weight loss, and weariness are only a few symptoms. Imaging, bone marrow, blood, and urine tests are used to diagnose it. While certain myeloma types require active therapy, others just need watchful monitoring.

Although multiple myeloma is not thought to be curable, people can live a long time with treatment. While certain treatments may be effective in the beginning, many patients cease responding or experience cancer progression, necessitating the use of a new medication.

About Stephen Joseph Scalise

Stephen Joseph Scalise, a representative for Louisiana’s first congressional district and the speaker of the House of Representatives, was born on October 6, 1965. From 2019 to 2023, Stephen was the House Minority Whip. Scalise, who has been a member of the House since 2008, is currently in his ninth term. The district encompasses both the central city of New Orleans and a sizable portion of its suburbs, such as Metairie, Kenner, and Slidell. He is a Republican who served as the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.

Scalise served three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives and four months in the Louisiana State Senate before being elected to Congress. Scalise was picked by his fellow Republicans to serve as the majority whip of the US House of Representatives on June 19, 2014. He started his tenure on August 1. Since Hale Boggs of Louisiana’s 2nd congressional district held the office from 1962 to 1971, he is the first Louisian to hold the position of majority whip. Scalise was promoted to the role of dean of the Louisiana congressional delegation in 2017, following the retirement of Senator David Vitter.

On June 14, 2017, a Republican target of an anti-Trump domestic terrorist shot and critically injured Scalise during Congressional Baseball Game practise. On September 28, Scalise returned to Congress after several months of rehabilitation.

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