Thomas re­turns

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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