(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s wife of more than 50 years has been diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer.
Landra Reid, 71, was just recently diagnosed and is already receiving treatment, including chemotherapy, in Washington, D.C., Reid’s office confirmed Friday.
As Landra Reid works with doctors and specialists through her treatment, Sen. Reid will be by her side throughout the process, his office says, emphasizing that her diagnosis will not affect his work as Majority Leader.
"Senator and Mrs. Reid appreciate the thoughts and concerns expressed during this time. They ask that they be afforded the respect and privacy that any family would want,” Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement.
The Reids met in high school and were married in 1959. They have five grown children together and 16 grandchildren.
In March of 2010, Mrs. Reid and her daughter were involved in a serious car accident, but they both fully recovered from their injuries.
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