Congressman Roe diagnosed with early-stage cancer

Published 3:01 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rep. Phil Roe, M.D., who represents East Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced on Tuesday he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

According to a statement issued by Roe’s office in Washington, D.C., Roe, who is 72 years old,  will undergo treatment in East Tennessee during the August recess for Congress.

“The prognosis is excellent, and treatment is not expected to interfere with his scheduled legislative duties,” the statement said.

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Roe’s district offices in Kingsport and Morristown, as well as his office in Washington, D.C., will remain open and operate as usual.

“The office will provide an update after his treatment has been completed. No further updates or comments will be provided before that time,” the statement said. “Congressman Roe thanks East Tennesseans for the privilege of serving them, and looks forward to continuing to represent them. Thank you.”

Roe is currently serving his fifth term in the House of Representatives, having been first elected in 2008 after defeating incumbent David Davis. In addition to serving as Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, he is also a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. Roe also serves as Co-Chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus.