Sen. Bob Dole, who served the state of Kansas for more than two decades, announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.
The diagnosis comes in the form of stage four lung cancer.
STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30
— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021
The longtime Republican leader will begin treatment for the diagnosis on Monday.
"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 wrote in a statement.
Dole is 97 years-old. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996. During that time, he served as Senate Majority Leader and was the longest-serving Republican leader.
The senator was the Republican nominee for president in 1996 and the Republican nominee for vice president in 1976 but lost both elections.