Rep. Jim Hagedorn's kidney cancer returns

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U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn talks about his stance on health care during a televised debate with Dan Feehan, Democratic candidate for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District on Sept. 27 in North Mankato, Minn.
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Southern Minnesota U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn says his kidney cancer has returned after being in remission in recent months.

The two-term Republican was back at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where tests indicated his stage 4 kidney cancer had returned, his office said in a statement Wednesday. In December, he had a cancerous kidney removed.

Hagedorn said he had been responding well to treatment and was recovering well from his initial illness. He said he had been participating in a full, active schedule and noted he'd campaigned for and won reelection last fall and planned to continue to serve.

In the statement, he said he will continue to be treated at Mayo Clinic and will likely be taking advantage of a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for cancers like his.

He thanked supporters and well-wishers for their prayers and urged anyone who had missed a medical exam or cancer screening to see their doctor promptly.

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