Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett getting treatment for pancreatic cancer

Posted at 3:57 PM, Feb 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 21:54:37-05

Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett. Image courtesy Bob Bennett/Facebook.

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett announced Wednesday he has pancreatic cancer and will be seeking treatment to reduce the size of a tumor so that it may be operated on.

According to a post on his Facebook page, Bob Bennett stated he has pancreatic cancer and that as of now “there is no firm prognosis.”

Bennett stated he will be receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins University, with his first appointment scheduled for Friday. According to the post, he has a tumor that requires treatment.

“The doctors are hopeful that a combination of chemotherapy and radiation can shrink the tumor to a point where it will become operable,” Bennett stated on Facebook.

Bennett stated he will offer more updates on his condition as important milestones are reached. He also thanked people for their support.

“All of us in the family express our deep gratitude for all of the expressions of comfort that we have received,” Bennett stated.

Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans released a statement, saying: “On behalf of the Utah Republican Party, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the Bennett family tonight. We wish Senator Bennett and his family our very best during this challenging time. He has served the people of our state well and we pray for his complete recovery.”

Bennett represented Utah in the United States Senate as a Republican from January of 1993 until January of 2011. Bennett, a University of Utah graduate, currently runs The Bennett Consulting Group, which provides “Full service Washington, D.C. based business consulting and government relations firm, chaired by former United States Senator Robert F. Bennett.”