Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., disclosed today that he is receiving treatment for cancer.
Bishop said he noticed a small lump in his neck during the summer. After getting some diagnostic test, doctors identified the lump as a lymph node that began with cancer in his throat, according to a news release from Bishop's office.
"Last month, I began a course of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor that will be followed by a surgery to remove any that remains," Bishop stated in the news release.
Bishop said doctors searched other areas of his body for cancer and the tests revealed it was limited to his neck.
"They are optimistic that this tumor will be cured and my therapy will conclude in the next few months. While this is a serious health condition, my faith in God and confidence in my medical team in Washington, and at home, make me equally optimistic," said Bishop.
"I do not expect to be away from my duties for more than a brief period and look forward to continuing my ministry of public service ... My wife, Vivian, and our entire family thank you for your prayers and support as we move through this period of treatment and recovery."