NEW YORK – Congressman Lee Zeldin revealed on Saturday that he was diagnosed with early-stage chronic myeloid leukemia last November, but said he responded well to treatments and is now in remission.
Zeldin, a Long Island Republican gubernatorial candidate from New York, said the diagnosis had no impact on his job or his role in the US Army Reserve. The Iraqi war veteran added that he had no side effects from the treatment and that his health is now “phenomenal.”
“In the last nine months, I have reached a complete remission, I hope to live a normal life and my doctor said that currently I do not present evidence of this disease in my body,” Zeldin detailed in a statement released through his office in the Congress.RELATED
Zeldin, 41, is in his fourth term representing the eastern half of Long Island, which includes sprawling suburbs, rural farms and the Hamptons. Zeldin is a supporter of former President Donald Trump and in January he objected to congressional certification of the election results that declared Joe Biden the winner.
In April, amid allegations of sexual harassment that led to the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Zeldin announced that he would run for governor in next year’s election.
Zeldin’s hematologist, Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca, said in a statement that the congressman “responded extraordinarily well” to the treatment and “has achieved a complete remission.”