Miller says he is battling cancer
Expected to preside this session
Longtime Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s) announced Thursday he has prostate cancer and will be undergoing chemotherapy during the legislative session. Miller plans to fully preside this session.
Many who traveled in his circles were already aware the nine-term Senate president had been struggling with back pain and pain management issues after hip and knee replacement surgery last year. Miller, 76,
has been walking with the aid of a cane lately.
“An MRI and series of tests showed a low blood cell count and after a number of weeks, like many men, this past July, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer along with my osteopathic issues,” Miller said in a press statement issued Thursday.
Miller said after the legislative session last year, a doctor evaluated his issues and prescribed a series of shots to deal with the pain.
Despite these treatments, Miller reported the pain did not subside and on Dec. 27, he awoke with a sharp pain in his leg. After another series of tests at Johns Hopkins University, the oncologist informed him and his family that the prostate cancer could no longer be managed through pharmaceuticals alone and additional treatment would be necessary.
“Beyond my tremendous love for my wife and family, I have no greater commitment than to the success and stability of the Maryland Senate. I have been told that in spite of my treatments, I will be fully able to join my colleagues and preside this session,” Miller said.
Miller said he has never sought to retain the position of Senate president out of personal gratification, “but out of a true belief I could lead the body to the tremendous achievements we have ac- complished together over the years.”
He said he decided to share his personal health issues because he owes Marylanders his honesty.
Miller said “with your continued support and indulgence, I fully intend to fight this disease as so many have and to fully carry out my Senate responsibilities. There are not enough words to thank you all for your continued support and service to our great state of Maryland. Now, let’s get to work.”
Del. Michael Jack- son (D-Calvert, Prince George’s) said he was not privy to any particulars prior to the announcement, but shared a moment with him alone in his office.
“I have had the pleasure being in proximity of him in the political arena in preparation for my future run for sheriff since 1988. During that time the sheriff’s office headquarters sat in his district so we all work closely with his team,” Jackson said. “I’m honored he asked me to join the 27th team.”