Former State Sen. Ja­cobs an­nounces cancer di­ag­no­sis

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Former State Sen. Nancy Ja­cobs, who served Ce­cil and Har­ford coun­ties for 20 years in the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly, an­nounced late Thurs­day that she has been di­ag­nosed with the same cancer Gov. Larry Ho­gan bat­tled last year.

She re­ceived the news last week that she has B-cell nonHodgkins lym­phoma, but it’s a non-ag­gres­sive form, Ja­cobs said Monday.

“It was a shock to get the news, but I’ve had thy­roid is­sues for years,” she said.

Ja­cobs was di­ag­nosed after tis­sue tested from re­moval of part of her thy­roid a few weeks ago came back pos­i­tive for cancer. She got a sec­ond opin­ion from Dr. Aaron Rapoport, the same doc­tor that treated Ho­gan.

Luck­ily, the en­docri­nol­o­gist who has treated her thy­roid for years no­ticed the sur­face had changed re­cently and was en­larged, Ja­cobs said. He recommended she get surgery to re­move it, which led to the cancer di­ag­no­sis.

Ja­cobs was fit­ted for a mask Monday to help hold her head and neck still while she re­ceives ra­di­a­tion, which is sched­uled to be­gin Sept. 28 at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the same place Ho­gan was treated. Her treat­ments will be Monday through Fri­day for three weeks.

“They told me I’ll have a sore throat, fa­tigue, pos­si­ble burns on my neck and some hair loss on my neck,” she ex­plained.

ABING­DON

After treat­ment is done, she must wait six months to have her first fol­low-up PET/CT scan done to see if the cancer is in re­mis­sion and mon­i­tor with scans every six months af­ter­wards.

“My doc­tors are con­fi­dent that the cancer is slow grow­ing,” Ja­cobs said. “They said it is not lifeend­ing.”

Ja­cobs said her fam­ily and friends have been very sup­port­ive over the past few weeks.

“Peo­ple have been reach­ing out to me every day,” Ja­cobs said, not­ing she has re­ceived sev­eral calls from former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his wife, Ken­dall.

“I also just heard from State Sen. J.B. Jen­nings and former State Sen. Rich Col­burn,” she said, all of whom served with Ja­cobs in An­napo­lis.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the out­pour­ing of love, sup­port and prayers I’ve been re­ceiv­ing,” Ja­cobs said. “Peo­ple have been amaz­ing. All the wait­resses at the Well­wood this last week­end came up and gave me hugs. Peo­ple are so kind.”

Ja­cobs was elected to the House of Del­e­gates in 1994 where she served four years be­fore get­ting elected to the Mary­land Se­nate where she served 16 years, leav­ing of­fice in Jan­uary 2015.

The same day Ja­cobs an­nounced her cancer di­ag­no­sis, Ho­gan reaf­firmed the state’s com­mit­ment to fight­ing cancer by high­light­ing the re­cently up­dated Mary­land Com­pre­hen­sive Cancer Con­trol Plan and sign­ing an ex­ec­u­tive or­der that re­news the Coun­cil on Cancer Con­trol.

Ho­gan made the an­nounce­ment out­side the State House in An­napo­lis where he hosted a blood drive and a bone mar­row reg­istry to rec­og­nize World Lym­phoma Day, which was Sept. 15.

Since an­nounc­ing last Novem­ber he was 100 per­cent cancer free, Ho­gan has been com­mit­ted to rais­ing aware­ness to sup­port cancer and help those bat­tling it. He told re­porters last week that he has has been do­ing monthly chemo­ther­apy treat­ments since be­ing de­clared cancer- free last year, and has only one such ses­sion left.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

State Sen. Nancy Ja­cobs, seen here in 2013, re­cently dis­closed that she has been di­ag­nosed with cancer.

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