Mayor Carolyn Goodman reveals she has breast cancer

In a press conference this morning, Mayor Goodman stated that she was diagnosed with stage 2A Breast cancer in her right breast after an annual physical. (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

When she walked to the podium Tuesday morning at Las Vegas City Hall, there was no indication Mayor Carolyn Goodman would tell us she'd just become a statistic.

“Midday January 16th I was diagnosed with stage 2 a breast cancer in my right breast,” Goodman said.

Goodman, who's 79, now joins a sorority that last year saw 330 thousand American women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Goodman says her diagnosis came after a routine physical at the beginning of the year. She says doctors called her with the news during a city council meeting last week.

“I've been advised by my incredible team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers that it is completely contained, manageable and can be successfully treated,” Goodman told reporters.

“Stage 2a is considered early stage breast cancer,” says Dr. Fadi Braiteh, an oncologist and cancer expert at Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. He's not involved in the mayor's case, but says, depending on what the mayor's cancer cells are doing, doctors will have a variety of options.

“Depending on these characteristics, we say yes, we need surgery, chemo after that, in some cases radiation depending on the size, the lymph node involvement,” says Braiteh.

“2A is definitely curable,” through treatment, Braiteh says. “The question is what’s the risk of the cancer returning, spread in the years after,” he adds.

Goodman says cancer won't stop her from leading Las Vegas.

“Otherwise I'm completely healthy and can continue to work effectively as the Mayor of Las Vegas during treatment,” Goodman says.

She also wants another four years in office. Immediately after her announcement she filed to run for a 3rd term, joined in the City Clerk’s office by her husband, Oscar, the former Mayor who preceded her in office. Tuesday was the first day of candidate filing for the spring municipal elections. Filing ends February 1st.

“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 they choose to reelect me,” Goodman says.

The Mayor told reporters she has scheduled four treatment sessions which she plans to do on Fridays when City Hall and city government are closed.

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