Nick Fish: New cancer treatments to affect public, private life

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PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Commissioner Nick Fish has announced that changes in his cancer treatment may require him to cut back his public schedule.

Fish was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and has been receiving treatments for it at OHSU. They have included chemotherapy treatments, which have required him to be out of the office on Fridays and recover on Saturdays.

In “health update” posted on his City Council website on Thursday, Fish says the treatments are being “modified to maximize progress,” which will have an impact on both his public and private life.

Fish tells the Portland Tribune the changes are not a surprise or the result of a setback, but the schedule his doctors have told him they will follow as they make progress with his treatments.

“The cancer has not spread and the goal is to make me a candidate for surgery, which would be a major milestone in my progress,” says Fish.

“I have always been confident I can balance my job and my treatments, which is why I ran for reelection and fully expect to finish my next term,” says Fish, who was reelected in the May 2018 primary. “People just might not see as much of me for awhile, and I want to prepare them for that.”

Fish has maintained a busy schedule since his diagnosis, and has frequently been the only council member to attend evening events. He says his office and the bureaus that he oversees — including the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services — have been very productive over the past year, which will continue.

Friends,

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

I am so grateful for all the love and support my family and I have received. Thank you. Today, I am even more confident that I will win this fight.

My doctors are modifying my treatment for a few months to maximize our progress – and it will have an impact on my public and private life.

Here is a snapshot:

1. I will receive infusions every two weeks. That means two Fridays a month at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute.

2. I will have less energy.

3. I may lose some more hair – but as my son reminds me, most people won’t notice any difference!

4. The tumor will continue to take a pounding.

The new treatment will have one other important side effect – I will need more recovery time.

That means that while I will continue to keep a very busy schedule during the workday, I will be doing fewer evening events for now. I hope everyone understands.

Thank you for your continued support. My goal is to continue to meet and exceed all the responsibilities of my day job, while laying the groundwork for my full recovery.

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