Republican senator ill with leukemia
WASHINGTON ” Sen. Craig Thomas, a Wyoming Republican who has been battling leukemia, is listed in serious condition at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center.
According to a statement from his office, Thomas’ cancer has been resistant to a second round of chemotherapy and he is suffering from an infection in addition to the leukemia.
Thomas, 74, is with his wife, Susan, his sons, Patrick and Greg, and daughter, Lexie, his office said.
“At this difficult time, all we can do is give him as much love and support as possible,” Susan Thomas said in the statement.
The senator was first diagnosed with the disease just days before his November 2006 re-election to a third term. He immediately underwent treatment at the hospital, then returned to work last December, a month earlier than expected.
Earlier this year, Thomas said he was feeling better than he had in a long time. But last month, he returned to the hospital for a second round of chemotherapy.
“I’m resolved to do all I can to keep the leukemia in check,” he said then. “I’ve been feeling very good over the last several months ” even returning to my regular morning run. But I’ve always known that further treatments are common and could periodically be part of this thing.”
If Thomas were to die or resign, Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, would appoint a successor from one of three finalists chosen by the state Republican party.
Thomas was first elected to the Senate in 1994 after serving five years in the House.
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