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By Frank Thorp V

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s doctors have informed him that he’s cancer free as a result of prostate surgery a week ago.

"Our prayers have been answered," Nelson’s wife, Grace, said in a statement. "The pathology report confirms Bill is completely free of cancer.

"We're humbled and grateful for all your prayers and well wishes," the senator’s wife of 43 years said. "Bill is raring to go but the doctors won’t let him out of the house for a few more days."

A routine test revealed the senator, a Democrat who represents Florida, had prostate cancer. Doctors performed surgery last Monday. Doctors say regular checkups and early detection are keys to treating prostate cancer successfully.