The Fairfax mayor said he has cancer and plans to remain in office and seek another term, according to a local newspaper.
The Fairfax Times reported that R. Scott Silverthorne, 50, told them and made an announcement at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting that he has squamous cell carcinoma of the neck.
“While celebrating a birthday is always fun, especially a big one, every party has a party pooper. Tonight, that person is me,” Silverthorne said, according to the Fairfax Times.
“Now for the good news, I have a terrific doctor who has advised me that this has not spread throughout my body and it should be highly treatable and curable.”
Silverthorne said he and his family thought about whether to keep his health condition private, but he said he decided to follow Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan who told the public of his cancer diagnosis and has gone through treatments.
Silverthorne was elected as the city’s mayor in 2012. He had previously served for more than 10 years on the city council. As mayor he oversees the city of roughly 25,000.
He said does not expect to take time off right now from serving as mayor.
The Fairfax Times quoted him as saying, “My doctor cleared me to keep working and just power through this,” he said. “So that’s what I plan to do.”