Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., said doctors at the University of Michigan advised him Wednesday that his prostate cancer is once again in a "controlled state," or in layman's terms, remission.
"I continue to give praise to the healing power of Jesus' name, and thanks to the physicians at Mid-Michigan Medical Center and University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center who serve as effective instruments in His hand," Glenn said. "As other cancer survivors know, this on-again, off-again experience is something that will be monitored for the rest of my life, and once again, I ask even those I may never meet to pray for me and my family."
Glenn was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer in January 2016, which after radiation and hormone treatments went into remission five weeks later and remained in remission for over two years.
Bone scans in April of this year, however, discovered small new tumors on his vertebrae and hip, and by June, he was experiencing severe pain in his lower back.
Glenn over the last three months has undergone three immunotherapy treatments, ten radiation treatments, and begun taking a new hormone therapy drug.
The results have been dramatic. The lower back pain is completely gone, and his PSA score -- a blood test that measures the level of cancerous activity for prostate cancer victims, and which peaked at 170 five weeks ago -- was measured Wednesday at UM at only 15.
Doctors at UM advised Glenn to resume normal physical activity and exercise. Glenn said he has recovered from the extreme fatigue caused by the radiation treatments that had limited his campaign activities in recent weeks. He is a candidate in a hotly contested Aug. 7th primary campaign for the open state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
Throughout his treatments over the last two and a half years, Glenn has maintained a perfect attendance record n Lansing, never missing a legislative committee meeting or vote on the House floor, even when undergoing five months of chemotherapy in 2016. The two-term lawmaker serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee.