ROXBURY, NJ - State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, (R-25th Dist.), who represents Roxbury, has been diagnosed with a curable form of throat cancer, it was announced today.

Mike DuHaime, spokesman for the Bucco family, said the senator was diagnosed to have squamous carcinoma.  He said the cancer is localized and has not spread to any other parts of Bucco's body.

“Sen. Bucco will undergo seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at Morristown Medical Center, DuHaime said. "The treatments are expected to begin in the coming weeks, and the situation does not require surgery.  According to his doctors, the long-term prognosis is quite good."

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DuHaime said the Republican senator, about to celebrate his 81st birthday, "will approach his treatments with tenacity, faith, energy and good spirits, the same way he has faced every challenge in his life of public service."

Bucco, of Boonton, was first elected to the Senate in 1998. His son, Anthony M. Bucco, represents Roxbury in the state Assembly and serves as township counsel.

The senator "looks forward to returning to Trenton this spring after his treatments conclude to resume debate with his colleagues and friends from both sides of the aisle,” said DuHaime.