WASHINGTON — Consultant John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and an icon of the civil rights motion, introduced on Sunday that he had superior pancreatic most cancers, however deliberate to return to Washington to proceed work and start remedy.
“I’ve been in some sort of struggle — for freedom, equality, fundamental human rights — for almost my complete life,” Mr. Lewis, 79, stated in a press release. “I’ve by no means confronted a struggle fairly just like the one I’ve now.”
Survival charges for pancreatic most cancers are grim, and Mr. Lewis stated his most cancers was Stage 4, probably the most superior. Mr. Lewis stated that whereas he was “cleareyed concerning the prognosis,” medical doctors had advised him that advances in medical remedy would assist give him “a combating probability.”
“I’ve determined to do what I do know to do and do what I’ve at all times finished: I’m going to struggle it and hold combating for the beloved group,” Mr. Lewis stated. “We nonetheless have many bridges to cross.”
Mr. Lewis stated that medical doctors decided he had the most cancers throughout a routine medical go to this month and that subsequent exams confirmed the analysis. His remedy plan will proceed for a number of weeks.
“I could miss just a few votes throughout this era, however with God’s grace I will probably be again on the entrance strains quickly,” Mr. Lewis stated.
Pancreatic most cancers, which will be diagnosed in about 56,700 people this year in the United States, is the country’s third-leading cause of cancer deaths, behind cancers of the lung and the colon. Three-fourths of people struck with pancreatic cancer die within a year of diagnosis, while only about one in 10 live for five years or longer.
Born on a sharecropping farm, Mr. Lewis has spent his life fighting for racial integration and civil rights, rising through the ranks of the civil rights movement before taking office. As the representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1987 and the dean of the Georgia delegation, he is seen by many Democrats on Capitol Hill as the conscience of the caucus.
“You’re not alone in this fight, my friend,” Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island, wrote on Twitter. “The whole nation, which owes you an incredible debt, is with you.”
“John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted, adding, “We know that you will be well.”
A practitioner of what he likes to call “good trouble, necessary trouble,” Mr. Lewis was an early advocate of nonviolence, even as he suffered brutal, senseless beatings. Arrested 40 times between 1960 and 1966, he endured and survived numerous days in jails, as well as the Bloody Sunday march in 1965 over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. He is also a veteran of the 1960s Freedom Rides and lunch counter protests, and is the sole surviving speaker from the March on Washington in August 1963.
“If there’s one thing I love” about Mr. Lewis, former President Barack Obama tweeted, “it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend.”