Ga. Congressman Bishop treated for throat cancer

Sanford Bishop Jr.

Sanford Bishop Jr.

U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop of Georgia is undergoing treatment for throat cancer and expects to have surgery, the office of the 11-term congressman said on Friday.

Bishop, a Democrat who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said the cancer was discovered over the summer. He began chemotherapy last month and will undergo surgery to remove the tumor.

"My doctors at the George Washington University Hospital, near the Capitol, carefully searched for other areas of my body that might be involved and found that it was limited to my neck," Bishop said.

"They are optimistic that this tumor will be cured and my therapy will conclude in the next few months," he added.

Bishop, 66, was elected to Congress in 1992. He represents Georgia's 2nd Congressional District in the middle and southwest parts of the state, including the cities of Albany, Columbus and Macon, as well as Fort Benning.