April 11, 2021

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis announces prostate cancer diagnosis

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced on Monday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery to treat the illness in short order. 

“Next week, I will have surgery in North Carolina to treat prostate cancer. I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery,” he said.

“I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively early, and I can’t emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are,” Tillis added.

“I had no symptoms and would have never imagined I had cancer. My prognosis is good because I went to my annual physical and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and eventually my diagnosis. Early detection can truly save lives.”

The 60-year-old senator was first elected in 2014. He won his reelection against Democrat Cal Cunningham in 2020.

Tillis also tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020. The diagnosis took place soon after attending an event celebrating the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court nominee.

Among the notable accomplishments of Tillis in Senate was his effort to increase pay for military service members in 2019. He has also served as a strong opponent of sanctuary cities, introducing the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act in 2019.

The senator hopes the earlier diagnosis and surgery will lead to a full recovery. Updates will be provided as available at the senator’s website.

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  2. Would have been nice to have had an early diagnosis from the VA when I was diagnosed it was too late–typical VA trait wait until it’s too late–dead men get no benefits!

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  4. Best wishes Sen. Tillis for a speedy recovery. These bumps in the road are made to make us stronger. God bless.

    1. I hope Tom Tillis will get a consultation w/the doctors at Proton Therapy. There are Proton clinics all across our country and they do such good work w/prostate cancer. Read book” Brotherhood of the Balloon”. There are men living that had proton with no side affect living for 20 yrs after treatment.

    2. Prayers for sure. I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer 16 years ago at age at age 63. I received treatment that included 5 months hormone therapy followed by 9 weeks of daily radiation treatment. Mine was discovered because I insisted on PSA test as part of my yearly physical. I.m now 79 and doing well with no return of the cancer It pays to be vigilant. Protect yourself and get PSA test once a year. Current medical advice is against getting PSA test due ro expense and raising concerns over false positives.. Would you rather get a false positive or not know and wnd up dying of cancer. Granted the majority of Prostate Cancer cases develop over years but if you are one of the unlucky ones death can come in months versus years.

  5. I had prostate cancer about 15 years . The doctor planted radiation seeds in my prostate &I have been cancer free ever since . Ed Watkins

  6. We will pray for a speedy recovery & no re-occurrence of this cancer for you. This is a silent killer to many without any knowledge of having this cancer. My husband was a healthy man and now has Stage 4 Advanced Prostate Cancer with Mets to the bones. He has been suffering for 3 years. We don’t know how more options of treatments he has left. ( Please consider fighting for our Cancer patients. Way too much emphases has been put on Covid and not enough to help for our Cancer patients for a CURE FOR CANCER. )

  7. The VA caught my cancer early. I found out at Walter Reid prostate cancer research center that as veteran I was eight times more likely to get prostrate cancer than a non veteran. I was scheduled to have my surgery at Reid, but things came up and I had my surgery done at home in Savannah. The cancer was very aggressive. Four months after diagnosis my surgery was performed. The very skilled surgeon had to no only remove my prostrate but half of my bladder to get all of cancer. That was thirteen years ago. I have bladder issues, it wants to close up, because there’s a hole in my bladder where there isn’t supposed to be a hole. The Good Lord smiles and I have another day on earth. Between the Good Lord and the VA I am still here.

  8. Had my prostectomy 20 years ago. Caught my cancer so early they almost missed it. Prostate was 4/10ths of 1% cancerous. Early detection gets the job done. I was 60 years old.

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