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Sen. Bill Nelson cancer-free after prostate surgery

Representative says cancer diagnosed early at routine exam

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday that he is cancer-free a week after undergoing prostate surgery.

"Our prayers have been answered," Nelson's wife, Grace Nelson, said in a statement. "The pathology report confirms Bill is completely free of cancer."

The senator's wife of 43 years also said, "We're humbled and grateful for all your prayers and well wishes. Bill is raring to go but the doctors won't let him out of the house for a few more days."

A representative from Nelson's office said the senator showed no symptoms, and doctors detected the cancer early during a routine medical exam.

"I've been blessed with good health, which has allowed me the great privilege of public service -- and I look forward to continuing serving our country and Florida," Nelson said in a statement earlier this month.

Nelson said the diagnosis would not affect his plan to run for re-election in 2018.

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