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John Edwards Leaves Campaign Trail to Be With Wife

Posted March 20, 2007 7:10 p.m. EDT
Updated March 21, 2007 6:38 a.m. EDT

— Presidential hopeful John Edwards canceled an appearance in Iowa on Tuesday evening to be with his wife.

According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth Edwards was expected to have a "follow-up medical appointment" Wednesday to a routine test she had on Monday.

"She's had similar follow-ups in the past, and they've all resulted in a clean bill of health, but Sen. Edwards has gone with her to these appointments, and he wanted to be with her tomorrow, too,” the statement said.

Calls Tuesday evening to Edwards' campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill were not immediately returned.

Edwards, who was in Iowa Tuesday on the latest stop of his 2008 presidential campaign, was scheduled to host a house party in Indianola.

Elizabeth Edwards discovered a lump in her right breast during the final days of Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign. After chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, doctors declared her cancer was in remission.

"Today, I am cancer-free," Edwards said in 2006. "So today, I am happy about my health."

She has since authored a book, "Saving Grace," in which she details her fight against cancer, the death of her 16-year-old son, Wade, and her husband's political campaigns.