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Bob Dole, 97, reveals he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer

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BREAKING NEWS: Bob Dole, 97, reveals he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment on Monday saying: ‘I have some hurdles ahead.’

Former Sen. Bob Dole announced on Twitter Thursday that he has Stage 4 lung cancer and would be starting treatment Monday. 

Dole is 97. 

‘While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,’ a statement from Dole read.

In one of his most recent public appearances, former Sen. Bob Dole stands up and salutes the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in December 2018 

Bob Dole, 97, has Stage 4 lung cancer and put out a statement Thursday saying, 'While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.' He's photographed here in 2015

Bob Dole, 97, has Stage 4 lung cancer and put out a statement Thursday saying, ‘While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.’ He’s photographed here in 2015 

Sen. Bob Dole's Twitter account announced Thursday that the 97-year-old former senator and GOP presidential nominee had Stage 4 lung cancer and would begin treatment Monday

Sen. Bob Dole’s Twitter account announced Thursday that the 97-year-old former senator and GOP presidential nominee had Stage 4 lung cancer and would begin treatment Monday 

Sen. Bob Dole (second from right) has Stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment Monday. Here he's attending the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland, alongside now former Vice President Mike Pence (right) and Rudy Giuliani (left)

Sen. Bob Dole (second from right) has Stage 4 lung cancer and will begin treatment Monday. Here he’s attending the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland, alongside now former Vice President Mike Pence (right) and Rudy Giuliani (left) 

Bob Dole (right) speaks in the White House Rose Garden in 2007 alongside President George W. Bush (center) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala (right). Dole and Shalala co-chaired the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors

Bob Dole (right) speaks in the White House Rose Garden in 2007 alongside President George W. Bush (center) and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala (right). Dole and Shalala co-chaired the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors 

Bob Dole (right) greets Jenna Bush (left) and Barbara Bush (center) at the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. The Bush twins' father, President George W. Bush, was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry, who lost

Bob Dole (right) greets Jenna Bush (left) and Barbara Bush (center) at the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. The Bush twins’ father, President George W. Bush, was running for re-election against Democrat John Kerry, who lost 

The statement didn’t provide any additional details. 

Dole, a Republican, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, rising to the rank of Senate Majority leader. 

He was the GOP nominee in 1996, who tried to stop Democratic President Bill Clinton from serving a second term. 

The popular Clinton won 379 electoral votes to Dole’s 159. 

Ross Perot, who ran against Clinton and President George H.W. Bush in 1992, was also on the ballot, earning about 8 per cent of the popular vote. 

Dole was also the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee in 1976, but Democrat Jimmy Carter won that election over President Gerald Ford, as the Republicans were punished at the ballot box over Watergate. 

Sen. Bob Dole (left) was the vice presidential nominee in 1976 when President Gerald Ford (right) ran for a full term. The Republicans lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in the first presidential election since Watergate

Sen. Bob Dole (left) was the vice presidential nominee in 1976 when President Gerald Ford (right) ran for a full term. The Republicans lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter in the first presidential election since Watergate 

Former Sen. Bob Dole (left) kisses his wife Elizabeth Dole (right) after she accepts victory in her U.S. Senate campaign in 2002 to represent North Carolina

Former Sen. Bob Dole (left) kisses his wife Elizabeth Dole (right) after she accepts victory in her U.S. Senate campaign in 2002 to represent North Carolina 

Dole hasn’t appeared as much in publicly in his 90s, but did attend the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, and the wheelchair bound Dole briefly stood to honor the last president.  

Dole has remained active in politics, however, coming out in October and saying he feared the Commission on Presidential Debates was biased against now former President Donald Trump. 

He said the commission was ‘supposedly bipartisan’ with an equal number of Republicans and Democrats serving on it. 

‘I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support President Trump,’ Dole tweeted. ‘A biased Debate Commission is unfair.’   

Dole has been married to Elizabeth Dole since 1975, who served in the Nixon, Reagan and Bush 41 administrations and who represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2009.   

Since retiring from the Senate she’s ran the Elizabath Dole Foundation, which assists caregivers of wounded veternans.  

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