Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman revealed Monday that he has throat cancer.
In a post on his Facebook page, Coleman wrote that he noticed a lump on his neck after experiencing a prolonged sore throat. His doctor ordered a biopsy which Coleman said confirmed the cancer.
Coleman, 66, said the cancer is isolated to a portion of his neck and his tonsil.
He said his doctors in St. Paul and at the Mayo Clinic have characterized the cancer as serious but very treatable. He said the prognosis is extremely positive. and he’ll undergo an aggressive form of treatment over the next few weeks.
Coleman is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and chairs the American Action Network, an organization that helps elect Republicans.
He served one term in the U.S. Senate from 2002 – 2008. He lost his reelection bid to DFL Sen. Al Franken by 312 votes. Coleman also served as mayor of St. Paul from 1994-2002.