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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

— 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)

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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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