Pa. senator diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Pa. senator diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A state senator from our region said he's been diagnosed with cancer.

Mike Folmer, a Republican who represents parts of Berks and Lebanon counties, announced Wednesday that he has a highly treatable form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"My specific type is follicular grade I, the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and highly treatable," Folmer said. "I join more than a half of million other Americans living with the disease, and look forward to joining the many others who have been successfully treated, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, hockey great Mario Lemieux, and former United States Senator Arlen Specter."

Folmer said he plans to keep up with Senate business as normal while undergoing treatment.

"Those who know me best are aware of my strong faith and the importance of family, and as my doctors chart a course of treatment, I will rely on my faith and support of family and friends," said Folmer, who added that he plans to update his constituents about his condition through various forms of media and his weekly e-newsletter, Mike's Memo."

According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, treatment will likely involve some form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, or some combination of the three.

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