A year and half after being diagnosed with advance kidney cancer, Rep. Jim Hagedorn said regular CT scans have shown a reduction or elimination of the disease with no progression.
"My response to the treatment has been remarkable," Hagedorn said in statement released today. "I feel great and have continued to work as hard as ever."
Hagedorn was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer in February 2019, just 45 days into his first term in Congress representing Minnesota's 1st Congressional District. He has received immunotherapy treatment and medical care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for the past 18 months.
Hagedorn said he has not missed a single vote due to his illness and has held 27 town hall meetings. His battle against cancer has also moved him to prioritize policies that facilitate the development of cures to treat people with serious illness and to "protect access to southern Minnesota's world-class medical care."
"I've learned how cancer patients fight cancer every day, and people fight alongside you every step of the way," Hagedorn said.
Hagedorn has been been dogged by charges the last month that his office engaged in ethically questionable practices, that it directed printing contracts to companies tied to his staff. Hagedorn says he took decisive action once he found out, but questions linger about how much he knew and when.
Hagedorn is running against DFLer Dan Feehan in the Nov. 3 election, a re-match of a 2018 contest that saw Feehan lose less than 1 percent.