Sen. Seward diagnosed with bladder cancer; expected to make full recovery

ONEONTA, N.Y. — New York State Senator James Seward will remain hospitalized in Albany Medical Center for several days after undergoing surgery for bladder cancer, the senator announced Thursday.

According to a statement released Thursday by the senator’s office, Seward learned he had cancer in February, though the diagnosis was not announced until today. His physicians discovered the cancer “in its earliest stages,” he said.


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The senator underwent surgery at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday, where he will remain a patient for several days.

Seward, who represents Cortland and portions of Tompkins County, says his staff will fulfill his duties while he recovers from surgery.

“I am looking forward to a complete and full recovery in a matter of weeks and eagerly anticipate resuming my regular active senate schedule … throughout a busy campaign season,” Seward said.

Here’s the complete statement:

“In early February, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer by my physicians at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.  On Wednesday, I underwent successful surgery at Albany Medical Center where I will remain a patient for a few days.

My physicians have advised me that the cancer was found in its earliest stages, is completely curable, and that I can expect to make a full recovery.

While I will be briefly absent from my senate duties, my offices will remain fully functional and my staff will continue to assist my constituents with their concerns, issues and state-related matters.  During this period, I will remain engaged and fully up to date on the state and local issues that affect the 51stsenatorial district.

“I am looking forward to a complete and full recovery in a matter of weeks and eagerly anticipate resuming my regular active senate schedule on behalf of my constituents and throughout a busy campaign season.”


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