Lewis, 79, said he was diagnosed following a routine medical visit with subsequent tests that reconfirmed the diagnosis. The long-time Georgia congressman will undergo treatment for the cancer.
He continued later: “While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.”
Lewis, who is in his 17th term as a member of Congress, said he will return to Washington in the coming days to begin his treatment plan, which will last several weeks.
“I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon,” he said.
Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which includes much of Atlanta, since first being elected in 1986.
“So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross,” Lewis said Sunday.
This story has been updated with additional developments Sunday.