Bob Dole says he's been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer

Carla Harmon
February 18, 2021

Washington (CNN)Bob Dole, the longtime United States senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, announced Thursday that he has an advanced form of lung cancer and will undergo treatment.

The former senator said he will undergo treatment on Monday. Freshman Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, who received Dole's endorsement in running previous year and described him as a mentor, said he's not known "a man with a bigger heart".

Dole's involvement in presidential politics is as lengthy as anyone to never hold the office.


Dole was also the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, but he lost the election to Bill Clinton.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a moderate Republican, tweeted that Dole is "a true American patriot and great statesman".

Bob Dole leaves the U. S. Capitol on June 11, 1996, with his wife, Elizabeth, after the Republican from Kansas ended 35 years in the Senate to run for president.


Dole suffered serious wounds in Italy during World War II that resulted in a long hospitalization. He earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for valor during his service.

In 2018, Congress gave him the Congressional Gold Medal.

He spent his first eight years in Washington as a member of the House of Representatives before graduating to the Senate in 1969 and serving through 1996.


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