Ex-Democratic Senate leader Reid being treated for pancreatic cancer

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a joint appearance with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a lecture series at the University of Nevada Reno Tuesday April 3

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a joint appearance with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a lecture series at the University of Nevada Reno Tuesday April 3

Former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery Monday to remove the tumor, his family announced.

According to Reid's family, doctors discovered the tumor in his pancreas during a routine screening and they are confident that he will recover well after the surgery.

Reid, 78, who spent decades in Democratic leadership in the Senate, is being treated at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center.

Friends in the Senate sent thoughts and prayers Reid's way shortly after the news broke.

Reid will undergo chemotherapy as the next part of his treatment, according to the statement.

Reid, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986, retired at the end of his term in early 2017, when he was Senate minority leader.

Reid and Boehner are working on creating a public policy think tank at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, focusing on policy issues that affect the tourism, hospitality and gambling industries.

Reid, 78, is now co-chair of the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute, along with former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Unlike other former congressional leaders, he steadfastly refused to cash in his connections to become a lobbyist - "I would rather be taken to Singapore and caned", he said. Catherine Cortez Masto, and as leader of Senate Democrats by New York Sen.

"Senator Reid is no stranger to a fight".

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