Congressman Phil Roe diagnosed with prostate cancer


U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, R-TN, has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer following a routine physical exam, his office said in a statement released Tuesday.

The release said that Roe plans to undergo treatments in East Tennessee during the August district work period and that further updates on his condition will be publicized after those visits are completed.

"The prognosis is excellent," the statement said, "and treatment is not expected to interfere with his scheduled legislative duties."

The operation of Roe's congressional offices in Washington, D.C., Kingsport and Morristown will not change and the congressman said in the report that he looks forward to representing the citizens of East Tennessee.