Florida Representative Alcee Hastings has announced that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer.
Hastings, a Democrat, went on to add that he plans to remain in Congress during his treatment.
“I was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and in the midst of this traumatizing news, I found myself wondering not only if I would survive this disease, but also if it would impact my ability to perform my duties,” Hastings said in a statement. “Now that I have begun treatment, I feel hopeful about survival and about my ability to continue serving my constituents of Florida’s 20th Congressional district and the nation.”
Hastings, 82, is the longest-serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation following the departure of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. He began serving in 1993 after he was impeached as a federal judge by the Senate in 1989.