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Barber reported OK after “minor” cancer surgery

TUCSON, Ariz. — Congressman Ron Barber’s office says the Arizona Democrat
is doing well after undergoing what it calls “minor surgery” to remove a
cancerous tumor from his tongue.

The office says Barber had the surgery Monday and was released from a hospital
Tuesday.

A statement quotes Dr. Audrey Erman as saying the surgery was successful and
that Barber is expected to make a full recovery.

The statement says Barber learned of the tumor on Nov. 13, a week after he won
a full two-year term from Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District.

Barber’s office says he’s feeling good and staying in Tucson this week but
looking forward to returning to work in Washington next week.

Barber was a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords. Both were wounded in a January
2011 mass shooting in Tucson.

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