Senator Thom Tillis, RN.C., announced Thursday that he had undergone surgery for his prostate cancer and said: “I look forward to returning to the Senate soon.”
“I am grateful to the doctors and nurses who have provided me with exceptional care every step of the way” and “beyond gratitude to all who have lifted us up in prayer and sent us best wishes,” said said Tillis, 60, a statement.
He did not say when he expects to be able to return to the Senate, which is on recess this week.
Tillis, who was re-elected to his seat in November, announced his cancer diagnosis last week and took the opportunity to encourage people to make sure they show up for their annual checkups.
“I am fortunate that my cancer was detected early enough and I cannot stress enough the importance of routine screening regardless of your condition. I had no symptoms and never imagined I had cancer. My prognosis is good as I went to my annual physical exam and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and ultimately my diagnosis, “Tillis said.” Early detection can really save lives.