Former US Republican Senator Bob Dole, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 1996, says he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and will undergo treatment beginning next week.
“Recently, I was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer….while I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole, 97, said in a Twitter posting.
Known for his quick wit and legislative skills, Dole had a long career in the US Congress that included serving as Senate majority leader.
In the early 1980s he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, which helps guide US tax, trade and health policy.
He was soundly defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election with Dole winning 40.7 per cent of the vote to Clinton’s 49.2 per cent.
Dole suffered serious wounds in Italy during World War II that resulted in a long hospitalisation.