Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said Thursday that she will have her thyroid removed, a result of a partial thyroid surgery in August that found malignant but encapsulated cells.
Bulova (D) said her doctors have told her that there is “no indication” that the cancer cells have spread to other organs. She called the operation, to be performed Friday, “a relatively minor procedure” and said she does not plan to have chemotherapy or radiation.
The council chair, who was elected to a third term in November, said she expects to be back to work June 2 and does not anticipate the cancer affecting her job as the leader of the Washington area’s largest jurisdiction.
“My main concern was getting the election behind me, then getting the budget behind me,” she said in an interview.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. The hormones it produces regulate metabolism and body temperature. The operation will take place at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Bulova said.
“Fortunately, there is medication . . . that can replace what the gland no longer produces,” she said.
Bulova, 68, has been on the board of supervisors since 1988.