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Mitchell Diagnosed with Cancer 

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

his report.

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

firm.