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Sen. Winters receiving treatment for lung cancer

Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, said she still intends to seek reelection in 2018.

OREGON LEGISLATURE - Sen. Jackie Winters, R-SalemSen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, announced earlier this week that she is battling lung cancer but plans to seek reelection in 2018.

The tumor in her right lung is localized and curable, the 80-year-old senator said.

"I have already begun treatment and have responded very well," Winters said. "I am very grateful for my doctors who are doing a tremendous job."

She said she developed a chronic cough during the latter part of the 2017 session, which ended July 7.

After a few medical tests, she found out she had a small cancerous tumor.

She said she feels confident she can overcome the health issues and thanked her supporters for their thoughts and prayers.

"It is an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Senate District 10 and I look forward to continuing to serve our community," she said. "I have always been open and transparent throughout my career and need to share some news with you about my health."

Winters was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 and won election to the Senate in 2002.