Thompson has cancer

From the AP

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Wed Apr 11, 11:42 AM ET

WASHINGTON – Fred Thompson, the potential presidential candidate better known as television’s gruff “Law & Order” district attorney, said Wednesday he was diagnosed with lymphoma more than two years ago but the cancer shouldn’t affect his life expectancy.

In an interview with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto, the former Tennessee senator, 64, said a doctor conducting a physical in 2004 found a bump on his neck, which turned out to be non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He said the disease is in remission with no illness or symptoms, and it won’t affect his decision about whether to seek the Republican nomination.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t satisfied in my own mind as to the nature of it and the fact that not only will I have an average lifespan but in the meantime I will not be affected in anyway by it,” Thompson said. “Now of course nobody knows the future but that has been in the history for almost three years now in terms of no symptoms and no sickness.”‘

Thompson’s physician, Dr. Bruce Cheson, hematology chief at Georgetown University Hospital, said the prognosis is good.

I bet ole Fred isn’t soliciting campaign funds as a result of it, watcha think Edwards?

Update 4/12 by Nate:

Hot Air has video of Thompson discussing his cancer and other presidential things with Neil Cavuto along with more analysis.