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Rep. Joaquin Castro has cancer surgery

- — Azi Paybarah

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-tex.) is recovering after undergoing surgery to remove tumors in his gastrointe­stinal tract.

“Today, I successful­ly underwent surgery to remove gastrointe­stinal neuroendoc­rine tumors,” Castro said in a statement Monday. “Last summer, doctors discovered these small, slow-growing, and mostly asymptomat­ic tumors following a series of tests.”

After the surgery, Castro, 48, wrote on Twitter that his “prognosis is good” and he will be at home recovering “for several weeks” before returning to Washington.

Castro represents Texas’s 20th Congressio­nal District, which includes part of San Antonio. He serves on the House Intelligen­ce Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Education and Labor panel. He was first elected to Congress in 2012.

In a statement, the congressma­n thanked family, friends and the staff at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, where he was treated.

Gastrointe­stinal neuroendoc­rine tumors, which are located in the lining of the gastrointe­stinal tract, are a type of cancer that are “rare and most grow very slowly,” according to the National Cancer Institute.

Castro and his twin brother, Julián, who served as the U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Developmen­t in the Obama administra­tion, have been at the forefront in the Democratic Party over the past decade.

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