Bob Dole, the 97-year-old former Republican senator and 1996 presidential candidate, announced Thursday that he is battling lung cancer.
“I was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. My first treatment starts on Monday.” said Dole on Twitter.
“While I certainly have some hurdles ahead of me, I also know that I am joining millions of Americans who face significant health challenges themselves,” he added.
Dole represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996. He was the GOP leader for the last 11 years of his tenure.
He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969.
In the early 1980s, Dole chaired the Senate Finance Committee, which helps guide US tax, trade, and health policies.
He was also the Republican presidential nominee in the 1996 election, clearly losing to President Bill Clinton, who won 49.2 percent of the vote against Dole’s 40.7 percent.
Dole, who was the vice presidential candidate in the 1976 election, suffered serious injuries in Italy during World War II, resulting in a lengthy hospitalization.
With Post wires