Specter released from hospital

Posted: September 08, 2012

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who announced Aug. 28 that he was again battling cancer, was released Friday from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, his family said.

Specter, 82, was expected to return to the hospital periodically for additional treatment of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a brief announcement said.

Specter, who first was elected in 1980, has had repeated medical troubles, starting with a benign brain tumor diagnosed in 1993. He had radiation treatments in 1996 and a heart bypass operation in 1998. He was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a type of blood cancer, in 2005. The disease returned in April 2008.

- Tom Infield

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