Glenn's cancer in remission, UM docs say

GG_official_House_photo_II.jpgMidland, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said Saturday that specialists at the University of Michigan Cancer Center in Ann Arbor told him this past Monday that the aggressive prostate cancer diagnosed at Mid-Michigan Medical Center only five weeks earlier is now in remission.

Glenn's PSA score -- a blood test that measures the growth, size, and intensity of prostate cancer -- was 348 when he was diagnosed Jan. 15th, much higher than a normal score of 4 or below, above which men are considered likely to have prostate cancer.

After four radiation treatments in four days, his score dropped dramatically to 100 by the end of the first week, a 72 percent reduction that one physician termed a "near miracle," Glenn said.

Last Monday in Ann Arbor, Glenn's PSA count had again dropped dramatically to only 1.1 (one point one), a reduction of 99.7 percent in only five weeks. Plus, two different tests several weeks apart -- a CTScan and a bone scan -- found no evidence the cancer has spread beyond the original diagnosis, Glenn said.

"Annette, our children, and I are all deeply grateful, first and foremost, for the healing power of Jesus' name, for the thousands of prayers and expressions of concern, and for the compassionate and expert care of physicians, nurses, and technicians at Mid-Michigan Medical Center and UM Cancer Center," Glenn said. "We understand a remission may be by definition temporary, but whether it lasts months, years, or decades, we have no sense of entitlement and instead thank the Lord for this and all our other blessings. Because we know there are no guarantees in this fight, we we ask in faith for continued prayers for my family and for a full and permanent recovery."

Glenn has remained fully active since the diagnosis in performing legislative duties in Lansing and meeting with constituents at home in the 98th House district, which includes the cities of Auburn, Linwood, Midland, and Pinconning, the village of Sanford, and thirteen suburban or rural townships in Bay and Midland counties.

Over the last fourteen months -- including the past six weeks while undergoing multiple tests, treatments, and medical appointments in Midland and Ann Arbor -- Glenn has maintained a perfect attendance record in House committee meetings and floor sessions and has not missed any of the now nearly 600 roll call votes on the House floor held since he took office in January 2015.

Since being diagnosed with cancer, he was chosen to debate House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, live on Lansing's public radio station, visited Flint to talk to city residents and National Guard troops deployed there, met with Midland city government, Chamber of Commerce, and Midland Tomorrow leaders, held a town hall meeting at Grace A. Dow Library, and Thursday held a news conference in Lansing to announce his introduction of bipartisan legislation to repeal Common Core educational standards in Michigan.

His next town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the library.

Glenn serves as vice-chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee and on the House Commerce and Trade, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Tax Policy committees. Two weeks before the cancer diagnosis, Glenn was named "Freshman Legislator of the Year" -- primarily for his leadership and impact on the Legislature's current energy policy reform debate -- by reporters for the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the Capitol's oldest daily non-partisan news service.

Glenn said he will not formally announce his reelection plans in 2016 until closer to the candidate filing deadline on April 19th, but in a Facebook post last week, late the same day he received news of the remission from cancer specialists in Ann Arbor, he seemed to make his intentions clear.

"Did an hour on the treadmill twice over the weekend," Glenn wrote. "Time to get ready for door-to-door season coming up as soon as the weather breaks. In 2014, personally visited 8,000 primary voters' homes between the last weekend in April and first weekend of August. Who wants to walk with me this year?"

Glenn was first elected in November 2014 and earlier this month reported that as of Dec. 31st, he had $106,000 in cash on hand in his candidate campaign committee, the highest amount among first-term state representatives and second highest among all House members.

Geoff Malicoat, a Midland attorney and former Midland Daily News reporter, has filed as a Democratic candidate in 2016 for the 98th House District seat held by Glenn, but filed a waiver for his candidate campaign committee which means Malicoat is not required to publicly disclose his campaign contributors and contributions until he raises at least $1,000.