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Sen. Tom Coburn gets surgery for prostate cancer

Sen. Tom Coburn, a cancer survivor, undergoes surgery
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: October 11, 2011

— Sen. Tom Coburn, who has already survived two different forms of cancer, had surgery in Tulsa on Monday for prostate cancer.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, underwent a procedure “to treat an early stage incidence of prostate cancer,” Coburn spokesman John Hart said.

“He is expected to make a full recovery and return to his full-time duties later this month.”

Coburn, a physician, is 63.

In 1975, he had a malignant melanoma.

In 2003, the year before he first ran for the U.S. Senate, he had colon cancer.

In 2007, he had a benign tumor removed from his pituitary gland.

Coburn last year won a second six-year term to the Senate; he has pledged not to run again in 2016.