Arlen Specter: I Have Cancer

Former senator had been hospitalized
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2012 6:29 AM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2012 11:29 AM CDT
Seriously Ill Arlen Specter Hospitalized
In this June 6, 2009 file photo, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., addresses the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee Meeting in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

After it was revealed Arlen Specter is seriously ill and had been hospitalized, he confirms to the Philadelphia Inquirer that he is fighting cancer again. The 82-year-old battled Hodgkin's disease in 2005 and again in 2008. "I am battling cancer, and it's another battle I intend to win," Specter said in a statement. "I am looking forward to getting back to work, to the comedy stage, the squash court, and the ballpark." A source previously told CNN the former senator was diagnosed with a "serious form of cancer" six weeks ago, and had "a big flare up" last night. (More Arlen Specter stories.)

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