Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, 65, is undergoing evaluation and treatment for recurrence of prostate cancer that required surgery in 2011.
by Chris Casteel Modified: November 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm •  Published: November 6, 2013

>>Read: Sen. Tom Coburn gets surgery for prostate cancer: Sen. Tom Coburn, a cancer survivor, undergoes surgery (Published Oct. 11, 2011(Published Oct. 11, 2011)

That was his third victory. The first came when he beat malignant melanoma nearly 40 years ago. In 2003, a year before his first run for the U.S. Senate, he had surgery and chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.

Coburn, a physician, is serving his second and final term in the U.S. Senate. Several colleagues tweeted prayers and wishes to him after hearing about his cancer.

It's been a tough few weeks for Oklahoma's senators.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, returned to Washington on Monday after recovering from quadruple bypass surgery.

Inhofe, 78, resumed his regular schedule, attending a hearing on natural gas drilling Tuesday.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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