A top Republican in the state Senate is undergoing a second round of chemotherapy, leaving him to ponder his future in elected office after the cancer that started in his prostate spread to his lungs.
In a lengthy interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau this week, Senate Deputy Republican Leader Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said he’s been receiving regular chemotherapy for much of the past year since doctors discovered tumors in his lungs in 2012.
“I live day to day, quite frankly,” Libous said. “It’s that simple. You change your outlook on life, you enjoy things a little bit more than maybe you enjoyed them when you aren’t too sure how much time you have.”
Libous, 60, went public when he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. He had his prostate removed later in the year and eventually entered a state of remission. He began a successful first round of chemotherapy last July after regular tests and scans showed the cancer spread and worsened, he said.
His prognosis is uncertain, leading the powerful Republican to think about retirement for the first time since he first took office in 1989. A decision, he said, will depend on how he responds to his latest round of treatment, which began a few months ago after alternatives to chemotherapy were unsuccessful.
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