Portland, Maine, mayor undergoes cancer surgery

December 30, 2011 - 7:30 AM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mayor of Maine's largest city has undergone cancer treatment.

Portland officials say Mayor Michael Brennan had successful surgery last weekend to remove a tumor from his small intestine. The tumor was discovered when Brennan sought treatment for abdominal pain.

Brennan will get additional, non-invasive treatment for lesions found on his liver. He says neither chemotherapy nor radiation is needed.

Brennan was released from the hospital Thursday. He intends to return to City Hall next week on a limited basis.

He says his ordeal made him realize that it is important to ensure that all Maine residents have access to health care. He says nearly one in four does not have health insurance.

Brennan won the election last month. He is first popularly-elected mayor in nearly 90 years.