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    Former Senator Harry Reid had surgery to remove tumor from his pancreas

    FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is recovering after quietly undergoing surgery Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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    Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in 2016.

    WASHINGTON — Former Nevada Senator Harry Reid is recovering after undergoing surgery Monday to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas.

    The 78-year-old Reid will undergo chemotherapy.

    Reid’s family says he is in good spirits and resting with his family. They say doctors caught the tumor early during a routine screening and his prognosis is good.

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    The former Senate Democratic leader declined to seek re-election in 2016 after more than three decades in Congress. He suffered an accident in 2015 that left him blind in one eye.

    Nevada’s longest-serving senator helped propel the passage of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, blocked the development of a nuclear waste dump in Nevada and built a well-organized Democratic machine in the state.