The Lead

Pa. Sen. Casey undergoes successful surgery for prostate cancer

By: - February 14, 2023 6:08 pm

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who announced last month that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, underwent what his office has described as a “successful” surgery for the illness on Tuesday.

“This afternoon, Senator Casey underwent scheduled surgery for prostate cancer. His doctor reports that, as expected, the procedure went well and he confirmed that the Senator should not require further treatment,” Casey’s spokesperson  Mairéad Lynn said in a statement released shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Casey and his family “appreciate the well-wishes and extraordinary support from every corner of the Commonwealth, and he looks forward to getting back to a normal schedule after a period of rest and recovery,” Lynn said.

The Scranton Democrat announced his diagnosis in early January and said he had been given “an excellent prognosis,” had exceptional medical treatment, and the support of his family.

In a statement released at the time, Casey said he was “confident that my recommended course of treatment will allow me to continue my service in the 118th Congress with minimal disruption, and I look forward to the work ahead.”

First elected in 2007, Casey is serving his third term, which ends in 2025.

Last week, U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., who suffered a stroke in May 2022, was discharged from a Washington D.C. hospital after he sought treatment for feeling lightheaded during a Democratic retreat. The initial tests doctors performed did not show evidence of a new stroke, but he remained in the hospital for further observation.

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.