Statement from Congressman Lee Zeldin Regarding Achieving Complete Remission Following CML Diagnosis
PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees and a United States Army veteran, today released the following statement:
“Through early detection, last November, I was diagnosed with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). I then began treatment with an immediately positive response and no side effects. Over the last 9 months, I have achieved complete remission, am expected to live a normal life, and my doctor says I currently have no evidence of this disease in my system. My health is phenomenal and I continue to operate at 110%.
“At no point have I slowed down at all and my lowest gear is always ALL IN. I have and will continue to execute all my duties in Congress and represent my constituents in NY-1 at the highest level. I have also not missed any Army Reserve Duty as a result of this diagnosis.
“I’m grateful for all of the men and women in the medical field who have not only treated me these past several months, but who pour their heart and soul into treating so many others in need of their expertise, energy, and passion. The medical field in our country is filled with the very best of society.”
Congressman Zeldin’s Hematologist Jeffrey Vacirca, MD, FACP of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists said, “In November 2020, following a diagnosis of early chronic myeloid leukemia, Congressman Zeldin began targeted therapy, to which he immediately responded extraordinarily well and has achieved complete remission. Successfully treated early chronic myeloid leukemia is now a chronic disease, which carries a normal life expectancy. Congressman Zeldin is incredibly healthy, is expected to enjoy a normal life and has no evidence of disease.”