Preston announcement: 'I have lung cancer'

By Nicky Hickling

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tears ran down Preston's face as she spoke about her family and the people of Broome County.

Those were two of the County Executive's top concerns as she moves forward with her battle against cancer.

Preston admits that while there are a lot of unanswered questions related to her disease, one thing is certain - she's not leaving office.

She found out about her cancer through pre-surgical testing for a procedure on her foot.

Through those tests a lump was found in her lung. Further testing determined that the lump was cancerous.

Preston admits that one of her biggest fears has little to do with her disease, but her ability to care for those closest to her.

"My life has been taking care of them and my fear is that I won't be able to so this fight is even more important so I can make sure that I'm here to take care of them," (R) Preston said.

She and her family will have no definitive answers on her treatment until more testing is done at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

New York State Senator (R) Thomas Libous extended his support and even offered to drive Preston to the Cancer Center. Libous is currently battling prostate cancer that spread to his lungs.

"Debbie will do fine. She needs to understand I think a little bit more about her type of cancer and she will and then they'll recommend treatment for her," (R) Libous said.

Preston says she'll keep the public updated on her condition and treatment plan through Facebook.

Any county related business that Preston will be unable to attend in person will be conducted through Skype.