THE POLITICS OF BOB DOLE'S PROSTATE CANCER

BY THE TIME BOB DOLE LEARNED THAT HE HAD prostate cancer, he had already mounted two unsuccessful campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination. At first, he assumed that his condition would rule out a third attempt. No one who has had cancer has ever been elected President of the U.S. Then, like so many American men who catch the malignancy in its early stages, Dole found out that his chances of beating it were excellent. His tumor, which doctors removed along with the rest of his prostate five years ago, was quite small and did not seem to have spread to...

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