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His family said doctors at Johns Hopkins cancer center in Baltimore spotted the tumor early, during a routine screening, and that the prognosis for his recovery is good. The statement said Mr. Reid, 78, who was the Democratic leader in the Senate for more than a decade, is resting with his family and is in good spirits.

A former trial lawyer, Mr. Reid was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, before winning a Senate seat in 1986. He successfully ran to become Senate Democratic leader in 2004, succeeding Sen. Tom Daschle, who was defeated in his bid for re-election in South Dakota. Mr. Reid stepped down as the partys leader in 2015 after sustaining an injury to his eye in an exercise accident, and later that year announced he would retire from the Senate and not seek re-election in 2016. He was succeeded as Democratic leader by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.