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Sen. King undergoes successful surgery to remove cancerous tumor

Sen. Jim King, diagnosed last month with pancreatic cancer, today underwent a lengthy surgery at Mayo Clinic in his Jacksonville district to remove the cancerous tumor.

Friends and family say the surgery was a success. He will remain in the hospital for 10 days before returning home for further recovery.

See below the memo Senate President Jeff Atwater sent to King's fellow senators:

TO:                 All Senators

FROM:          Senate President Jeff Atwater

SUBJECT:     Update on President Jim King

DATE:            Thursday, June 4, 2009

President King underwent surgery today at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. I’m pleased to report that the surgery went very well. Jim is in the ICU tonight and will remain in the hospital for an estimated ten days, after which he will continue his recovery at home.

Jim and Linda have asked that well wishers please continue to share their thoughts and words of encouragement on their website, which also sends periodic updates on Jim’s condition if you sign up for journal updates.

I have been in touch with Linda throughout the day, and she has remained very upbeat and positive. As you can well imagine, the period of recovery will be a difficult one for President King. The family therefore encourages you to please refrain from calling or visiting the hospital and instead convey your well-wishes via the website, which they will check often.

Please continue to keep our friend Jim King and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this journey of recovery.