Report: Romney treated for cancer last summer

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer last year, as an aide confirmed Monday after reports emerged about his diagnosis. The 70-year-old Romney was “successfully treated,” according to his aide.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Romney’s health, after his medical history was reported by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

On Twitter, Tapper wrote: “Source close to @MittRomney: Mitt Romney was treated over the summer for prostate cancer. He was treated surgically by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California. His prognosis is good; he was successfully treated.”

The Tribune reports that the aid confirmed the news. “Mitt Romney was treated over the summer for prostate cancer,” the unnamed source said. “He was treated surgically by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California. His prognosis is good; he was successfully treated.”

Romney, a frequent critic of President Donald J. Trump, is considered a likely candidate in the race to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who announced last week that he will be retiring when his term ends in January 2019.

Within minutes of Hatch’s announcement, Romney issued a statement on social media, thanking Hatch for his 40+ years of service. Romney’s intentions for a run were not expressed in the tweet, however he has expressed interest in the past. Another indication of his intent came shortly after Hatch’s retirement announcement. The former governor of Massachusetts, who served there in that capacity from 2003 to 2007, changed his location designation on Twitter from Massachusetts to Holladay, Utah.

Romney has until March 15 to file for the seat, should he decide to run.

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