Senator Bob Bennett: The Strength of the Senior Statesman

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah)  Former U.S. Senator from Utah, Bob Bennett, shares more about his ongoing battle with cancer.

Senator Bennett seemed relaxed and very optimistic as he shared his thoughts and prognosis from his suburban Washington home.

“I’m now in the midst of a second round of chemotherapy and when that’s over, they will re-assess where we are and make a decision where they go,” said Bennett.

When he left the Senate in 2010, the 81-year-old, three-term senator had no idea of the challenges he would face. Back in February he told the world he has pancreatic cancer.

Bennett said he hopes the tumor will shrink with this round of chemo.

“Right now it’s inoperable, it’s too close to a vital artery and if they got in there with a knife, no we can’t do that,” said Bennett.

His son Jim says the entire Bennett family remains upbeat.

“He’s optimistic he’s gonna beat this and we’re optimistic he’s gonna beat this. So that’s the way we’re approaching this and we’ll hope for the best,” said Jim.

“I’ve set my own timetable. I intend to be cancer free by my birthday in September and completely recovered from all of the process by Christmas and back full time in the business world by January 1st. We’ll see if I can make it,” said Bennett.

With his strong LDS faith and all the love from his family, he says he’s confident he will make it.

If this round of chemo doesn’t shrink the tumor, Senator Bennett says the doctors at Johns Hopkins may then try radiation.

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