U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings revealed Monday he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment for the disease.
Hastings issued a statement on Twitter making the announcement. “I release this statement because I want to be the source providing you with this information,” Hastings said.
“I was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and in the midst of this traumatizing news, I found myself wondering not only if I would survive this disease, but also if it would impact my ability to perform my duties.
“Now that I have begun treatment, I feel hopeful about survival and about my ability to continue serving my constituents of Florida’s 20th Congressional District and the nation.”
The 82-year-old Hastings says he’s planning to battle the disease by receiving treatment at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“I have been convinced that this is a battle worth fighting, and my life is defined by fighting battles worth fighting,” Hastings said.
“Should it become clear that this cancer which has invaded my body cannot be defeated, I will tell you so.”
Hastings represents constituents from Palm Beach and Broward counties in CD 20. He has served in Congress since winning his first election in 1992, and is the longest-serving member of the Florida congressional delegation.
“I ask for your prayers at this time,” Hastings said in closing.