Romney had surgery last summer to treat prostate cancer

- 12.07

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney underwent surgery last summer to treat prostate cancer, an aide confirmed Monday afternoon.

Romney’s cancer treatment was first reported by CNN and NBC News.

"Last year, Governor Mitt Romney was diagnosed with slow-growing prostate cancer. The cancer was removed surgically and found not to have spread beyond the prostate,” the Romney aide said.

The 70-year-old former governor of Massachusetts, who was also the 2012 Republican choice for president, has been the subject of speculation of late regarding the Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Romney, a prominent Mormon who led the organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, is reported to be interested in running for the seat, which he would be likely to win in deep-red Utah.

The possibility of Romney in the Senate has rankled President Donald Trump, of whom Romney has often been publicly critical. In a move to block Romney from running for Senate, Trump urged Hatch, both publicly and privately, to seek re-election in 2018.


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