U.S. Rep. Mark Takai has been diagnosed with a tumor on his pancreas.

In a statement released by his office Monday, Takai said:

“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. 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.

“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.

“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.”

Takai, a Democrat, missed a House of Representatives vote Monday on reviving the Export-Import Bank, “in which 62 Republicans joined 184 Democrats to exceed the 218 votes needed to force the bill to the House floor over the objections of 177 GOP lawmakers,” says USA Today.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted in favor of the legislation, which awaits a final vote this week and an uncertain fate in the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Mark Takai. 20 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Congressman Mark Takai. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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