Sen. Chris Dodd undergoes surgery for prostate cancer

August 11, 2009 1:26:19 PM PDT
Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Dodd spokesman Bryan DeAngelis said Tuesday the surgery was successful and that the senator is recuperating at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He's expected to be at the hospital for a few days.

The five-term Democrat announced last month that he had been diagnosed with an early, treatable stage of cancer. He expects to return to a full Senate schedule at the end of August after a few weeks of resting at home.

Dodd has said that the cancer will not affect his plans to seek a sixth term next year. He is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and is playing a leading role in the effort to overhaul the nation's health care system.

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