U.S. Rep. Takai reports pancreatic tumor, expects to make full recovery

U.S. Rep. Takai reports pancreatic tumor, expects to make full recovery
Published: Oct. 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 27, 2015 at 3:30 AM HST
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Colin Moore
Colin Moore

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Congressman Mark Takai (HI-01) announced Monday that doctors have found a small tumor in his pancreas.

"A few days ago, my doctors conducted diagnostic tests in response to certain stomach pains and discomfort that I have been experiencing for several weeks," Takai said, in a statement. "The tests show that I have a small tumor in the pancreas and I will shortly begin treatment. My prognosis is very good thanks to early detection and my doctors are confident that I will make a speedy and full recovery."

A spokesman for Takai says his doctors don't know yet if the growth is cancerous.

As a professional politician whose life is an open book, any serious illness poses not just a personal but a public change for Takai and his family.

"It's a big public relations challenge," said Colin Moore, a University of Hawaii political scientist. "If he's not ill you don't want people to think it's too serious that he won't be able to be an effective member of Congress."

Takai says he plans to fly back to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and resume his duties

"I do not expect to be away from my duties for more than a brief period and look forward to quickly returning to serving the needs of my constituents in Hawaii," he said, in the statement.

"My wife Sami and our entire family are grateful for your prayers and support. We ask for continued respect of our family's privacy as we move forward with treatment."

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