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Edwards' wife talks about her cancer battle

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Edwards has lost a lot of her hair, which her young children find funny, and has received notes of encouragement from President Bush and Laura Bush as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.

The wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards described her battle with the disease, treatment and side effects in an interview yesterday on CNN's ''Larry King Live." John Edwards called the experience an ''up-and-down ride" for the family.

Mrs. Edwards, who is being treated in Washington and Boston, has been receiving chemotherapy and will undergo surgery in March followed by radiation.

''We've had good success so far in reducing the size of the tumor, the lesion," she said.

She said her biggest concern about her appearance was the lost of her hair, ''which the kids thought was pretty amusing. But right now I have lost not all of my hair but a lot of it and I think I actually, without this wonderful wig, I think I look sick."

Mrs. Edwards has received notes from the Bushes; Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, and White House political director Karl Rove. Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has called numerous times, according to John Edwards.

Asked about running for president again, Senator Edwards said, ''That's a decision we'll have to make down the road and we have other priorities right now."

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