Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced Tuesday that she has “manageable” breast cancer, vowing she will continue to be an effective policymaker and run an energetic re-election campaign as she undergoes treatment.
The mayor, shortly before she filed paperwork for her third and final term, said she has Stage 2A cancer in her right breast, but doctors have assured her that it is treatable.
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“I have been advised by my incredible team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers that it is completely contained, manageable, and can be successfully treated,” Goodman said. “Otherwise, I’m completely healthy and can continue to work effectively as the mayor of Las Vegas during treatment.”
Goodman said she learned of the diagnosis by phone midway through a council meeting Jan. 16 after having a routine annual physical. She said she was forced to leave and hand the reigns over to Mayor Pro Tem Lois Tarkanian, and that a follow-up test the next day confirmed the cancer.
“I know that she will do very well with this because she’s a strong woman, a smart woman and she’ll be OK,” Tarkanian said Tuesday, adding that she beat cancer while serving on the dais yet most didn’t know.
“You can’t be more fair to the constituents,” she said, then to publicly announce such a personal issue.
Goodman said she will have four upcoming treatments performed on Fridays, when City Hall is closed.
“Believe me, I have more energy than a pack of wolves, and look forward to serving the wonderful community and people of Las Vegas for four more exciting years, if in fact they choose to reelect me,” she said.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted his support for Goodman, calling the mayor a “fighter.”
“My thoughts are with @mayoroflasvegas Carolyn Goodman and her family,” Sisolak tweeted. “But I know that Mayor Goodman is a fighter just like so many Nevada women who have faced this terrible disease and I have no doubt that she will beat it.”
The primary election is April 2 and the general election is June 11. Candidate filing began Tuesday and ends Jan. 31.