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Famed Senator pens book about cancer scare

Specter says work, exercise helped with fight
March 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Senator Arlen Specter says getting up for work every day is one of the things that helped him get through his cancer treatment. The Pennsylvania Republican also credits his wife of more than 50 years for keeping him on a healthy diet. He also sees benefit in playing squash almost every day.

The 78-year-old senator has written a book about his battle with Hodgkin's disease. He says he did it because he wanted to be instructive and inspiring to others.

Specter says cancer gave him "a stark look at mortality" and an "added sense of humility."

He finished five months of treatment in July 2005, and has been given a clean bill of health.

 

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