Claire McCaskill Announces She Has Breast Cancer

She expects a full recovery.
Mike Segar / Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced Monday that she has breast cancer.

The two-term senator shared the news on Twitter. Her tweet linked out to a longer post, in which she writes that her cancer was detected early and that she expects a full recovery.

Here's her full post:

I very recently learned that I have breast cancer. It was detected through a regular mammogram. It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery. I will be in St Louis for the next 3 weeks receiving treatment. During this time my staff will continue to assist Missourians and I will be posting on my Senate website ( how I would have voted on any matters that come before the Senate during my absence—which I’ll also enter into the Congressional record. Additionally, I'll be submitting questions in writing for any missed Senate hearings.

Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Senate.

Several of McCaskill's colleagues offered their support on Twitter and in public statements, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is a breast cancer survivor. Fellow Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt (R) said he would help "in any way I can" as McCaskill goes through treatment.

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