Former Democratic leader Harry Reid is being treated for pancreatic cancer

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a joint appearance with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a lecture series at the University of Nevada Reno Tuesday April 3

Reid underwent surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital cancer center in Maryland after a routine screening detected the tumor, according to a family statement released by Reid's former deputy chief of staff, Adam Jentleson.

Reid underwent surgery in 2015 after he fell and injured his eye while exercising at his home in Henderson.

Friends in the Senate sent thoughts and prayers Reid's way shortly after the news broke.

"His surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good", the statement said.

Reid's family said he is in "good spirits" after the surgery and feels grateful to his team of doctors.

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The former Senate Democratic leader declined to seek re-election in 2016 after more than three decades in Congress.

Instead, Reid has asked for donations to be made to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Immigration Law Clinic.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tweeted, "Harry Reid has never been one to shy from a fight, and this is surely no different". Catherine Cortez Masto, and as leader of Senate Democrats by New York Sen. "We are all praying for dear Harry's speedy recovery".

He was succeeded by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said that he spoke to Reid's family on Monday and that "it seems [Reid's] operation went well". "Harry is a fighter - literally and figuratively - I know he is going to approach his recovery with the same energy and tenacity and resolve that defined his public life".

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