Bob Dole: I Have Lung Cancer

Dole lost the White House race to Democrat Bill Clinton 20 years after losing the 1976 election as Gerald Ford’s running mate

Washington (CNN)Bob Dole, the longtime USA senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, announced Thursday that he has an advanced form of lung cancer and will undergo treatment.

About 40% of all lung cancer diagnoses fall into the Stage 4 bracket, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

In a tweet, Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wished Dole "a swift recovery".

Dole was previously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Bill Clinton, just months after losing the presidential election to him.

Retired four-term Kansas Sen.

After his last run for office in 1996, Dole continued to be involved in Republican politics, offering endorsements and commenting on public issues.

Dole became known as a hero of World War II who survived and overcame debilitating injuries to become one of the country's most prominent and influential politicians.

He served with Clinton following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as co-chairman of a scholarship fund for the families of the victims. He earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for valor during his service.

He spent his first eight years in Washington as a member of the House of Representatives before graduating to the Senate in 1969 and serving through 1996.

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