Sen. Craig Thomas returned to work Dec. 4, about a month earlier thanoriginallyplanned,afterundergoing treatment for leukemia.
“I’mgladtobeback,”theWyoming RepublicantoldtheAssociatedPress in a telephone interview from his office in Washington.
Mr.Thomas,73,wasreleasedDec. 2fromBethesdaNationalNavalMedical Center. He began treatment for leukemia on Nov. 9.
He had said previously he didn’t expect to return to the Senate until January.
Mr. Thomas won re-election last month to a third term while he was in the hospital, easily beating Democrat Dale Groutage with 70 percent of the vote.
Mr.Thomassaidhecontinuestakingmedicationandundergoingtests. “I think I’m through with the major treatment,” he said.
The senator was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, the most commonformthecanceroftheblood and bone marrow.
Dr. Brian Monahan, director of Hematology and Medical Oncology attheNationalNavalMedicalCenter, has said that most people with Mr. Thomas’physicalconditionandgen-
eral health survive the cancer.