State Rep. Russ Diamond announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with “a treatable form of prostate cancer.”

He announced the diagnosis on both his official and personal Facebook pages. Diamond, a Republican, represents the 102nd legislative district, which covers a portion of Lebanon County.

“Beth and I recently learned I have treatable prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early,” Diamond said in a statement. “My doctors made the diagnosis after regular checkups and screenings revealed abnormalities. In consultation with my doctors, I will undergo a procedure on Thursday, June 9 and will be working from home and voting remotely during my recovery.”

He added: “I am grateful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of the 102nd District. I encourage every Pennsylvanian to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible. Beth and I would covet your prayers at this time.”

Diamond is currently running for re-election in the district, which includes Annville, Bethel, Heidelberg, Jackson, Millcreek, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, Swatara, Union and West Lebanon townships and Cleona, Jonestown, Myerstown and Richland boroughs. He was first elected to the state House seat in 2014.

He ended a campaign to be Pennsylvania’s next lieutenant governor in May after finishing seventh in a field of nine candidates competing in the Republican primary.

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Supporters were quick to offer messages of support on Diamond’s Facebook pages.

“Glad it was caught early!” Melissa Simmons wrote, one among dozens of comments. “Wishing you a successful surgery and full recovery. Sending prayers your way.”

“Praying for a prompt and complete healing sir,” said Richard Witmer. “Thank you for your excellent representation and leadership – even when faced with health concerns.”

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Tom Knapp

Tom has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades. In his spare time, he plays fiddle with the Irish band Fire in the Glen, and he reviews music, books and movies for Rambles.NET. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and has four children: Vinnie, Molly, Annabelle and Wolf.