Portland mayor Michael Brennan has cancer

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.
Posted Dec. 29, 2011, at 6:58 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 29, 2011, at 8:02 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Newly elected mayor Michael Brennan underwent surgery over the weekend to remove a cancerous tumor, the city disclosed Thursday.

A statement released by the city said the tumor was on Brennan’s small intestine.

“Mayor Brennan will seek additional, non-invasive treatment for lesions found on the liver,” the statement said. “Due to the nature of this type of cancer, no chemotherapy or radiation will be necessary and according to his physician, his prognosis is excellent.”

“Cancer can be an extremely frightening diagnosis and I am fortunate to not only have a treatment plan with a very positive long term prognosis but as an insured American have barrier free access to the health care system,” Brennan said in the statement. “My personal story illustrates the fundamental need all Mainers have to be able to access the health care system when they need to. If I had waited or left this disease untreated, both the health consequences and cost of treatment would have been significantly greater.”

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