Dole, 97, was the longtime Senate Republican majority leader
Former Republican Senator Bob Dole, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 1996, said he has been diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer and will begin treatment early next week.
“I was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer … While I certainly have some obstacles ahead of me, I also know that I will be one of the millions of Americans who have health issues of their own,” Dole, 97, wrote on his Twitter feed.
Dole has long served in Congress, including as Senate majority leader. In the early 1980s, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, which helps shape the nation’s tax, trade, and health care policies.