Rep. Carolyn McCarthy says she will undergo treatment for lung cancer.
The New York Democrat serving her eighth term said Monday in a statement that treatment will begin soon and that she looks forward to returning to work after she recovers.
“My doctor … has told me that I begin my treatment in good physical health and that he looks forward to my return to work after I recover,” she said. “My family and I will appreciate privacy while I undergo my treatment.”
McCarthy has been a prominent advocate for gun control in Congress. McCarthy’s husband was killed and their son paralyzed in 1993 after a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road train, leaving five others dead.