February 26, 2021

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole announces stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis

Legendary former Senator and longtime Washington D.C. fixture Bobe Dole announced on Thursday that he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 97. 

Dole’s announced via Twitter: “Recently, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. My first treatment will begin on Monday. While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.”

The former Kansas lawmaker’s political career spanned nearly five decades and included a stint in the U.S. House of Representatives before moving on to serve in the Senate for nearly 30 years — including 11 years as the GOP leader –before retiring to focus on his burgeoning presidential campaign in 1996.

Dole ran on the Republican ticket against incumbent Bill Clinton, ultimately losing the bid for the nation’s highest office. This loss also marked the end of Dole’s official political career, though he hardly faded from the spotlight.

Dole has spent the last several decades writing books, giving lectures, promoting various charities, and making the occasional television appearance.

Prior to his time in Washington, Dole served in United States Army’s Enlisted Reserve Corps during WWII and was seriously injured by German gunfire while fighting in Italy.

Dole suffered severe injuries that took years to recover from and subsequently was decorated three times for his bravery, including receiving two Purple Hearts for his injuries, and the Bronze Star with “V” Device for valor for his attempt to assist a downed radioman in the conflict.

Well-wishes for Dole immediately came rolling in after the announcement of his diagnosis. Late-night television host Jon Stewart tweeted on Thursday: “Sending big love to my friend Bob Dole…still mad he was funnier than me on my show!!”

“Sending prayers for a speedy recovery to former Senator and WWII veteran Bob Dole,” wrote GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

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16 Responses

  1. Senator Dole,
    Even though you served as the Senator from Kansas, and they love you; BUT, – the American people love you, too and always liked your conservatism and your efforts to always focus on what is best for the American people. Thank you for your wonderful service to uphold our constitution and our freedom during your many years in service to this nation. We have prayed for you and Mrs. Elizabeth in the past, and we will be praying for you both as you go through this next illness in your life. Thank you, thank you for your love and service to the American people.

    1. 97 ! what a wonderful life he has had… God Bless the DOLE’S ! They are both very gracious and wonderful Americans… I wanted Elizabeth, his wife as POTUS ! She was SMART and gracious.

    1. people Cancer is a nasty thing, I lost few people to this putrid illness, & there is a cure, read th book health Sciences Inc. Hillary Scandals , & what about the Gene called SP-5 , one does not have to smoke to get cancer, look at ll the products that a re placed on the market , read the wording on the back that say don’t swallow too much of this or you could get cancer it is so sad. God Help all those who get this terrible disease, & help their loved ones too .

  2. So far this year Rush, Dan Bongino and now Bob Dole all were diagnosed with LUNG cancer. Think there was another but cannot recall who it was.

  3. Cancer is horrible no matter where it hits.We must find a way to extinguish it for good!Is it in the foods we ate, chemicals, sprays etc?
    Go Vegan and get off of meats, including chickens, fish, sea food etc.
    My heart felt wishes for Mr. Dole. He was an inspiration to me and others. Praying for you sir!!!

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