Former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has surgery for pancreatic cancer

Ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has surgery for pancreatic tumor

Former Senator Harry Reid Diagnosed With Cancer

The statement said Mr. Reid, 78, who was the Democratic leader in the Senate for more than a decade, is resting with his family and is in good spirits. Reid was officially named as the first Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at UNLV's Boyd School of Law.

Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday to remove a tumor from his pancreas, his family revealed, saying his prognosis is good.

The former senator's family said they were confident the surgery was successful. Mr. Reid had been quietly letting people know over the past few days that he would be undergoing surgery, including former President Barack Obama. Since leaving the Senate, Reid has spent the majority of his time in Las Vegas.

Reid, a Democrat, served as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in the 1970s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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On Monday, his successor as Democratic leader, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, wrote on Twitter: "Spoken to family and it seems @SenatorReid's operation went well".

"He beat his opponents in the boxing ring, took on the mob in Nevada, and moved bills in the Senate that no one believed could be done", she said in a statement. "Wishing him a full and speedy recovery", tweeted Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev. "He'll beat cancer too".

Reid underwent surgery in 2015 after he fell and injured his eye while exercising at his home in Henderson.

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