Skip to comments.Specter Medical Announcement - Hodgkin’s disease
Posted on 02/16/2005 2:24:05 PM PST by msnimje
Senator Arlen Specters office just announced the senator has been diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. From the release:
Senator Specter had experienced persistent fevers and enlarged lymph nodes under his left arm and above his left clavicle. He received testing on February 14th at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The testing involved biopsy of a lymph node and biopsy of bone marrow. The lymph node was positive for Hodgkins disease. The bone marrow biopsy showed no cancer. A follow up PET scan and MRI at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania on February 16th established that Senator Specter has stage IVB Hodgkins disease.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
"Senator Specters oncologist, John H. Glick, M.D., said: "Senator Specter has an excellent chance of being completely cured of his Hodgkins disease. Senator Specters Hodgkins disease has a five-year survival rate of 70%"
My sister died from Hodgkins.
be that as it may, I've heard of precious few survivors. And, at the risk of being crass, who's behind Specter in seniority at Judiciary Committee?
This is a relatively painless disease, until the final stages. I pray for the Senator, he's got a hard road ahead of him.
That didn't come out right; I meant this made me think of her.
Please FReepers, regardless of our feelings toward Specter let's not post any nasty comments.
Probably a compassionate conservative. Some blocks may be falling into place ... kinda' like TETRUS.
Click, click, click, click, click ... whisk ----- zoom.
Should this conjecture prove true, we can only pray for a constitutionally patriotic term from Specter.
My brother-in-law was diagnosed with Hodgkins when he was only 15. After a long treatment period he was able to beat it. He has been cancer free since he was 19. He is now in his middle 40's.
Prayers for Senator Specter. Hopefully, they caught it in the early stages. It's a toughie, I've been in remission going on almost two years now and also lost a dear friend from it. Hope all goes well for him.
Everyone I've known that have had Hodgkin's in the last 15 years made it, but they were all young. Still, wishing him the best.
But you're right, who the next person in line becomes important.
that's wonderful !!!! it's not an easy one to beat, God really bless your brother in law. I pray recovery for Sen. Specter, too ... I don't know how one goes thru the treatments and carries the burdens of a Senate Committee chairmanship, but that's up to Specter to figure out.
My sister didn't know she had it. We actually didn't know what was wrong with her until they did an autopsy. She hadn't been feeling well and had some flu-like symptoms. She was 34 and left two little boys. I still miss her. It's been 30 years now.
wasn't Paul Tsongas also afflicted with Hodgkins? Research moves rapidly on these diseases, tho .. I remember when a leukemia diagnosis was an instant death sentence, and now there are just so many survivors.
I will remember Senator Specter in my prayers.
I don't know who's next in line regarding seniority, but I have another question: If Specter resigns his Senate seat because of his illness, Does Democrat Governor Ed Rendell get to pick his replacement?
True. Best of luck to him.
Not in 74-year old men, it doesn't.
Specter damn well better fill out his 6 year term we just elected him to, or else Ed Rendell will get to make Hoeffel his replacement if he resigns or dies. As a Pennsylvanian, I was dismayed as the Republican establishment including my hero, Dubya, backed liberal Specter over conservative Rep. Pat Toomey, who I thought was a better choice.
You just couldn't be civil for one minute, could you?
Shame on you.
You bet he does, but there will be an election in November 2006-the replacement serves not 6 years, but until the next regular election.
Don't you have a Planned Parenthood clinic to blow up somewhere?
You are a fanatic.
Maybe he'll be one of the lucky ones that makes it. I certainly hope so. Penna has too many dems holding office.
I don't think so. I think his was non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Not at his age it don't. Hodgkin's Disease is more common in younger age groups, from which that favorable survival statistic is reported. It must surely be lower in Septuagenarians like Spector (RINO-PA).
Even if Specter resigned/died and we had a special election in '06, I'm still not happy about it. We need to focus our efforts to defend Santorum in '06! In a state that's going more and more Democratic, this could be a double-defeat.
So BOTH PA seats would be up at the same time?...That's very interesting..Toomey, where are you?
Age is always a factor. However, that first study you linked, refers to a poorer prognosis "due to associated diseases.", also common in the elderly. His M.D. seems to think he's in good health, so that's certainly a big plus.
This wouldn't be the first time. In 1994, both Senators in Tennessee were up for election and we took both of them.
I pray he gets the best medical attention Scotland has. I figure that since their law is so great, he would want to get the latest Hoggis Hodgkins treatment.
If he does beat it, maybe he will mellow a bit.
This isn't the cancer, thankfully, that Jackie Kennedy had, which is much more serious. She had non-Hodkins Lymphoma.
I don't know what level this cancer is that Arlen has, but my brother had it years ago and made a full recovery and I will pray that he does as well.
Maybe all of this will make Specter more favorable to the Doctors instead of the Tril-lawyers and will support medical malpractice reform.
He seems old for Hodgkins. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins when I was 19. It wasn't fun, but I survived. It's been over 20 years now. Most of the people who were being treated at the hospital I was at were also young. I've never met anyone old who had Hodgkins (unless it was a relapse). I hope he receives the best possible treatment. It makes all the difference in the world.
Hatch - can't have it because of term limits
Grassley - doesn't want it because of Finance chair
Kyl - would probably get it.
None of this would matter if Mark Schweiker decided to run for re-election as Governor in '02. He would have kicked Ed Rendell's fat butt.
Kyl is a great option !!! Thanks .. I love how much wonderful info we can get here at FR.
See my post #10. Good luck and saying prayers for you.
All the more reason to get Rendell the hell out of office next year. PA republicans currently favor Scanlon or another political has-been, Lynn Swann may make a run at the republican nod. I think he should get major support from PA repubs. He's got mine for one and I'd love to see PA's first black governor.
Tsongas had non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The cause of death was liver failure and pneumonia. Did the medicine kill him?
Schweiker would have lost to Rendell. I'm from Bucks. Schweiker had no appeal whatsoever and everyone in PA loves Fat Eddie, the football analyst.
I've said it before, Rendell would be the Dems' best candidate for president in 2008. Regular guy.
That would be awesome! It's just so dismaying because PA has a Republican controlled Congressional delegation, a Republican controlled Legislature, but hasn't gone for a Republican president since 1988.
I wouldn't be so sure. Schweiker had great pubic opinion ratings after his leadership in the rescue effort for those trapped miners from the cave-in. He at least would have been a better match than Mike Fisher.
I tend to think this state is red. Who knows what shenannigans the Rendell voter fraud machine cooked up in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philly and the rest of the eastern half of the state.
She and my younger brother had stage 4 NON-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
It's gonna be harder to defend the Senate. Especially if Jim Clymer or another member of the Constitution Party runs again... Clymer got 4% of the vote this time around. In '06, such a turnout for a third-party candidate could spell the doom for Santorum.
For someone like me who leaves in the East. It's dismaying. My home county of Delaware has been one of the most enduring Republican strongholds in the country, but so many Philadelphians have moved in that the county went to Gore and now Kerry :-(
Oops. I posted on the other thread. My own case of Hodgkins, which I had 18 years ago was 3B, with 80% survival rate.
This says that Specter is 4B, with 70% survival rate. That's much better than 4B would have been in my time. 4B means that the disease is pretty well advanced (the worst possible is 5), and has spread down below the diaphram, which makes it much more serious.
The chemotherapy is exceedingly unpleasant. It knocks you out for a day, with extreme nausea and sleepiness (from the drugs that enable you to bear the treatment). After I had been treated for a few months it got so that driving anywhere near the hospital made me feel ill. But it had to be done.
Whether he remains as chair of the judiciary committee or resigns, it's vitally important that the work of confirming judges should not be impeded or delayed. My experience is that he would only be knocked out one day every two weeks, so maybe it's possible for him to continue if he's got the guts to do it.