NASHVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee Representative Phil Roe announced he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Representative Roe says he planned on informing his staff of his diagnosis Tuesday afternoon. Roe’s prognosis was described as “excellent,” according to a statement from his office.
Roe’s office released a statement saying:
“Following a routine physical examination, Congressman Roe was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. He will undergo treatment in East Tennessee during the August district work period. The prognosis is excellent, and treatment is not expected to interfere with his scheduled legislative duties. The Congressman’s offices in Kingsport, Morristown and Washington, D.C. will remain open and operate as usual. The office will provide an update after his treatment has been completed. No further updates or comments will be provided before that time. Congressman Roe thanks East Tennesseans for the privilege of serving them, and looks forward to continuing to represent them. Thank you.”
The congressman has served Tennessee’s first congressional district in the Tri-Cities area since 2009. In 2017, he became chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.