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Justice fights cancer as candidates run for seat

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SEATTLE (AP) - While four candidates are vying to replace Justice Tom Chambers on the Washington Supreme Court, he's been fighting cancer.

The 68-year-old justice had half of his tongue removed in February after a tumor was discovered, and he returned to the bench after a 10-day hospital stay with a trachea hole in his throat. Doctors later found another tumor, and he just spent six weeks undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

During the treatment he took part in oral arguments via Skype from his home in Issaquah. He sent questions for lawyers in by text message. Chambers says he's now on the mend.

He recently arrived in Hawaii for 10 days of biking, swimming and walking to regain his strength. Chambers underwent similar treatment in 2008.