Ellen Tauscher Has Cancer

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM PDT
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Ellen Tauscher Has Cancer

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California Democratic Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

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Former San Francisco Bay area Rep. Ellen Tauscher has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.

Tauscher, currently the State Department's top arms control official, informed her staff of the diagnosis last week. According to her staff memo posted Tuesday by ForeignPolicy.com, Tauscher said she has an early stage of the cancer and expects to be fully recovered by early next year.

She said treatments, including surgery, would take place during the next several months.

Tauscher represented California's 10th congressional district for 14 years before being tapped by President Barack Obama for undersecretary of state.

The 10th district stretches into Solano County and eastern Contra Costa County through the California delta.   When the president tapped her for the administration job, there was a special election in her district.  Former Lt. Gov. John Garamendi now hows that seat.

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