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Oke’s blood cancer diagnosis official

The office of Sen. Bob Oke, (R-Port Orchard), this week confirmed a tentative diagnosis for multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer, was confirmed for the 63-year-old.

According to the press release, no cause for the disease has been identified, but it is thought to be associated with a decline in the immune system, genetic factors, certain occupations, or exposure to certain chemicals and exposure to radiation.

Researchers believe susceptibility increases with age.

Oke was diagnosed with the disease after blood tests. A bone marrow biopsy taken on June 3, confirmed the diagnosis. He is believed to be about halfway into the first of three phases.

Oke is being cared for by Dr. Daniel Wu of the VA Medical Center in Seattle. Wu is also associated with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“I feel good about my care with Dr. Wu,” Oke said. “He is an expert in his field and his Christian faith mirrors mine. I think with the Lord by our sides we will be a good team. I just ask for people to keep me in their prayers.”

Oke’s symptoms have been mostly fatigue with some muscle soreness. Dr. Wu is very optimistic about Oke’s ability to live with the disease and do the things he enjoys.

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