Dave Camp says he’s cancer-free

December 18, 2012

Rep. Dave Camp (D-Mich.) (AP)

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), a key figure in the ongoing talks to avert the “fiscal cliff,” announced Tuesday that he is cancer-free.

Camp, 59, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for non-Hodgkins large B-cell lymphoma for months even as he continued working on a deal to avert the series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take affect next month. With tax reform likely to dominate next year’s congressional deliberations, Camp has unveiled legislation laying out his principles for reform and establishing deadlines to force action sometime next summer.

In a statement Tuesday, he thanked his doctors for their care, saying “It not only allowed me to become cancer-free, but also sustained me in my work both as the Representative of Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District and as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. I want to thank everyone for their many words of encouragement, understanding and prayers. My family and I will forever appreciate that support.”

Camp plans to continue standard follow-up medical treatment, which will include standard and routine medical check-ups.

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