Congressman Duncan diagnosed with prostate cancer

U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., the senior member of Tennessee’s congressional delegation, said Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Further from Michael Collins:

The Knoxville Republican said the cancer was discovered six or seven months ago during a routine medical exam. Follow-up tests showed the cancer is isolated, he said, and doctors have decided at this stage no treatment is necessary.

“I don’t feel sick,” he said.

The U.S. Capitol physician first noticed something was amiss when a test showed Duncan’s prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, was higher than usual, the congressman said. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which confirmed the cancer.

Duncan said he underwent an MRI and other follow-up tests at George Washington University Hospital, which indicated the cancer had not spread.

“I feel good,” he said. “I haven’t missed any work, other than to do the regular (medical) appointments.”

Still, Duncan said, he took the diagnosis seriously because his father, former U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr., died of prostate cancer in 1988. Duncan Sr. was 69 at the time of his death, just a year older than his son is now.

Duncan said he has to schedule a follow-up visit with his physician in a few months, “but all of the indications so far have been good.”

Duncan, who represents Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District, was elected to succeed his father during a special election in 1988.