House Majority Leader Steve Scalise diagnosed with blood cancer

after baseball practice shooting

On Wednesday, 7/27/17, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) revealed that he has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called “hematopoietic stem cell transplant,” or HSCT, shortly after being critically injured in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in June of 2017. Scalise had previously been said to be in “good spirits,” and made it through multiple surgeries without any foreseeable complications. However, doctors recently detected “abnormalities” in Scalise’s blood tests which prompted the HSCT diagnosis. In a statement released by Scalise, he said that he was “grateful for my recovery and humbled by the outpouring of love and congratulations that I have received from my colleagues, constituents, and across the country.” He is now expected to undergo at least six weeks of chemotherapy and a period of rest to aid in his full recovery. Scalise and his family remain optimistic and hope that he will make a complete recovery.