Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The announcement came from his New York law firm, which quotes
Mitchell’s doctor as saying the cancer is small, low grade and
localized, and can be effectively treated and cured. Doctor Harvey
Klein said the prognosis is very good.
The 73-year-old Mitchell, who’s leading the investigation into
steroid use by baseball players, said the diagnosis and treatment
will not affect the probe.
The former federal judge and prosecutor was hired by baseball
commissioner Bud Selig in March 2006 to look into performance
enhancing substances. Mitchell has given no timetable for issuing
The Maine Democrat entered the Senate in 1980 and rose to become
majority leader in 1989. After leaving the Senate in 1995, he
helped broker peace in Northern Ireland and investigated violence
in the Middle East.
Now a New York resident, Mitchell is chairman of DLA Piper law