Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono said Tuesday she is undergoing treatment for kidney cancer and has a favorable prognosis from her doctor in Washington. "Hirono's full recovery and we send our best wishes to her and her family". After a series of tests, the Hawaii senator was then diagnosed with kidney cancer that is also present in her seventh rib.
She will be treated at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital by a kidney cancer specialist. Hirono stated that she will also have an outpatient procedure performed on her, called "Cyberknife", to have the lesion on her rib removed.
Hirono says she will continue to work during her cancer treatment and she plans to run for re-election in 2018. And I never quit, especially when things get tough. "I appreciate your support and good wishes, and look forward to getting back to the Senate to continue fighting for Hawai'i as soon as possible".
"She was upbeat and fearless as she takes on this fight", Gabbard said.
Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi said Hirono has his full support.
Senator Hirono said she is already looking forward to coming back to the Senate after she recovers. ABC News reported that the plan her doctor has for her includes surgery that Hirono will undergo to have her right kidney removed.
Sen. Brian Schatz said, "Mazie's courage and fortitude are matched only by her love for our state and people".
The senator held town halls on Oahu and Kauai earlier this month.
The Latest on Hawaii Sen. "She is a strong and tireless advocate for Hawaii, and we send our aloha and support to her as she takes on this challenge".
Hirono served as lieutenant governor of Hawaiʻi in from 1994-2002 and was elected to Congress in 2006, to the second congressional district.