(CBS News) — Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is being treated for pancreatic cancer, his family said in a statement Monday. Reid underwent surgery Monday at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center to remove a tumor from his pancreas.

“His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good,” the family statement said.

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Reid, who is 78-years-old, is out of surgery and in good spirits, his family went on to say, and he will now undergo chemotherapy as the next step in his treatment.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-New York, has spoken to Reid’s family and said “it seems @SenatorReid’s operation went well.”

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