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Oklahoman Tom Coburn returns to U.S. Senate after surgery

A week after surgery to treat prostate cancer, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, from Oklahoma, was back voting on the U.S. Senate floor.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: October 18, 2011

— Sen. Tom Coburn, who had surgery for prostate cancer last week, returned to Washington on Monday.

Coburn spokesman John Hart said Coburn's surgery in Tulsa on Oct. 10 to treat an early-stage incidence of prostate cancer was successful. Coburn was present for a vote on Monday afternoon.

Coburn, 63, has survived colon cancer and melanoma.

Monday was not Coburn's first quick return to work after time in the hospital. In 2008, Coburn went to a hospital in Washington one morning with an irregular heartbeat, had his heart shocked back into a regular rhythm and then went to the Senate.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2005; he was re-elected to a six-year term in 2010.