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Mo Brooks recuperating after successful prostate cancer surgery

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Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., thanked well-wishers for their support Friday after a successful surgical procedure treating his high-risk prostate cancer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is recovering from a successful surgical procedure on Friday after being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer, according to his family.

Preliminary tests indicate the cancer was fully removed with his prostate during the operation at Birmingham's Urology Centers of Alabama, per a statement from Brooks' office, but he and his family are still waiting for a formal pathology report.

In the meantime, they are thanking well-wishers for their messages of support.

The Alabama Republican is set to return home from the hospital on Saturday, but may have to miss House votes next week unless he is "unexpectedly medically cleared to travel," local media reported.

The congressman, and former GOP Senate candidate, revealed his cancer fight Wednesday during a speech on the House floor.

“Had I won, I would not have had time for my physical and PSA test. I would not have had a prostate biopsy. I would not have known about my high-risk prostate cancer that requires immediate surgery,” he said of his failed senatorial bid against incumbent Luther Strange and controversial ex-judge Roy Moore.

“In retrospect and paradoxically, losing the Senate race may have saved my life," he continued. “Yes, God does work in mysterious ways.”