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Doctors Diagnose Former Rep. Mike Synar with Brain Tumor

August 2, 1995

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Former U.S. Rep. Mike Synar is undergoing treatment for a rare type of cancerous brain tumor, his spokeswoman said.

A former eight-term Democrat from eastern Oklahoma, Synar was diagnosed last week with glioblastoma multiforme, spokeswoman Amy Weiss Tobe said Tuesday. It is a fast-growing and highly malignant type of brain tumor.

Synar, 44, was diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma to the brain about two weeks ago.

He will continue to undergo chemotherapy at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., part of the National Institutes of Health, Ms. Tobe said.

``Mike is in good spirits and will keep on fighting this,″ she said. ``We all remain hopeful.″

Despite treatment, few patients survive beyond two years, according to the American Medical Association’s Encyclopedia of Medicine. About 5 to 10 out of every million people in the United States are diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme each year.

After 16 years in the House, Synar was defeated in a primary election last September.

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