U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and his wife, Jean, provided the following update on Jean’s cancer treatment:
This week, Mike and Jean traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a scheduled 90-day checkup. After several days of testing, a malignancy was found in the same spot that Jean’s sarcoma was located. As a result, Friday morning she will undergo a surgical procedure, known as an ablation, to remove the malignancy.
“As any family who has gone through a cancer diagnosis knows, post-treatment checkups are critical,” said Mike and Jean. “While this is not the news we had hoped for, we are thankful the doctors discovered the malignancy at an early stage. Jean’s doctors are confident tomorrow’s procedure will be a success.”
“We continue to be grateful for the support and prayers of so many throughout this difficult time. Please keep the prayers coming!”
In May of 2019, Jean was diagnosed with a malignant, high-grade, aggressive tumor near her sciatic nerve—a sarcoma. She underwent six rounds of chemo, surgery to remove the remaining portion of her tumor, and radiation treatment, which was completed in February.