WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn's victories over cancer have become a point of pride for him, meriting mention in speeches and even in his Senate biography.
“Dr. Coburn also is a three-time cancer survivor,” his Senate website says.
He is going to have to update that line.
Coburn, 65, had a recurrence of prostate cancer and is undergoing evaluation and treatment this week, a spokesman said Tuesday.
John Hart, Coburn's communication director, said he expects Coburn “to be back as soon as he is able, hopefully next week.”
Coburn, R-Muskogee, had surgery in October 2011 to treat an early incidence of prostate cancer and was back in Washington within a few days.
>>Read: 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. (Published Oct. 18, 2011)