Bob Dole, 97, reveals he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer


BREAKING NEWS: Bob Dole, 97, reveals he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment on Monday saying: ‘I have some hurdles ahead.’

Former Sen. Bob Dole announced on Twitter Thursday that he has Stage 4 lung cancer and would be starting treatment Monday. 

Dole is 97. 

‘While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,’ a statement from Dole read.

Bob Dole, 97, has Stage 4 lung cancer and put out a statement Thursday saying, ‘While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.’ He’s photographed here in 2015 

Sen. Bob Dole's Twitter account announced Thursday that the 97-year-old former senator and GOP presidential nominee had Stage 4 lung cancer and would begin treatment Monday

Sen. Bob Dole’s Twitter account announced Thursday that the 97-year-old former senator and GOP presidential nominee had Stage 4 lung cancer and would begin treatment Monday 

Sen. Bob Dole (second from right) has Stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment Monday. Here he's attending the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland, alongside now former Vice President Mike Pence (right) and Rudy Giuliani (left)

Sen. Bob Dole (second from right) has Stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment Monday. Here he’s attending the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland, alongside now former Vice President Mike Pence (right) and Rudy Giuliani (left) 

Bob Dole (right) speaks in the White House Rose Garden in 2007 alongside President George W. Bush (center) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala (right). Dole and Shalala co-chaired the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors

Bob Dole (right) speaks in the White House Rose Garden in 2007 alongside President George W. Bush (center) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala (right). Dole and Shalala co-chaired the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors 

Bob Dole (right) greets Jenna Bush (left) and Barbara Bush (center) at the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. The Bush twins' father, President George W. Bush, was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry, who lost

Bob Dole (right) greets Jenna Bush (left) and Barbara Bush (center) at the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. The Bush twins’ father, President George W. Bush, was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry, who lost 

The statement didn’t provide any additional details. 

Dole, a Republican, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, rising to the rank of Senate Majority leader. 

He was the GOP nominee in 1996, who tried to stop Democratic President Bill Clinton from serving a second term. 

The popular Clinton won 379 electoral votes to Dole’s 159. 

Ross Perot, who ran against Clinton and President George H.W. Bush in 1992, was also on the ballot, earning about 8 per cent of the popular vote. 

Dole was also the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee in 1976, but Democrat Jimmy Carter won that election over President Gerald Ford, as the Republicans were punished at the ballot box over Watergate.  

Dole has been married to Elizabeth Dole since 1975, who served in the Nixon, Reagan and Bush 41 administrations and who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2009.   

Since retiring from the Senate she’s ran the Elizabath Dole Foundation, which assists caregivers of wounded veternans.  

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