Rep. Todd Provides Details on Cancer

State Rep. Curry Todd told a legislative committee today he has a rare, slow-growing form of cancer and later told reporters that that it doesn’t affect his legislative work and he’s running for re-election this year, according to Richard Locker.
Todd, 64, said in a press conference the cancer is macroglobulinemia, described by the National Cancer Institute as Waldenström macroglobulinemia, a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Todd said he was diagnosed 4½ years ago, from blood tests conducted for asthma.
“I go back in every six months and have blood workup done. There’s four stages to the disease; I’m in the first stage,” he said. “It does have some affects on me: my vitamin B-12 and other things it depletes and makes me tired some. But I’ve got grandkids, (ages) 2, 4 and 6, and I plan on dancing at their weddings.
“I will continue to do my job as a state representative. It has not affected my ability to do my job at all. My oncologist has told me that. He said once it does progress, then we’ll look at treatment but right now you’re fine… I plan on getting re-elected and being back up here and continuing to pass good legislation. I want my constituent base to know I’m fine; I’m looking after their best interests and I will continue doing so as long as I’m here.”
He said he confided earlier in his close friends but decided to go public with the disease during debate in the House Commerce Committee on a bill that would require health insurance companies to provide the same level of benefits for oral anti-cancer drugs as they do for injected chemotherapy. Todd spoke just before the committee voted on House Bill 1087 when it appeared a majority would vote to kill the bill. Instead, the committee tied 13-13, which means the bill didn’t advance but will be discussed again next week.

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