Libous: Staying active through chemotherapy, thinking about future

By Candace Chapman

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) State Sen. Thomas Libous (R-52nd) was undergoing chemotherapy while he campaigned and won election to his 13th term in 2012. Libous said he is now thinking about whether he will continue to run for office.

Libous was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, and had surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. At the time, the cancer had already spread into his blood system. He has since undergone various treatments including radiation, hormone therapy and medication.

He began chemotherapy after tests in 2012 showed the cancer had become active in his lungs.

"In my case, you start feeling a little bit better and then you're ready for your next treatment, but it works. It is effective on the cancer. You go through the pain to have the effectiveness because that's what you want," Libous said.

Libous said he never considered last year not running for re-election to represent the 52nd Senate District. After this next round of treatment and tests he said he'll decide whether to run again.

The Republican is also the Deputy Majority Leader in the New York State Senate.

"I keep a very active schedule, but I will tell you the treatments are tiring, and depending on how long you have to be on that sort of treatment you think about things a little bit," he said.

Libous said he does not anticipate leaving office before the end of the current term.

"In my case, it's a managing situation. I'm not sure it can be eradicated, but it can be controlled and that's what we are working to do."

Libous said the cancer has been successfully managed for the past four years and he hopes that continues for another 20 years.

Throughout his battle with cancer, Libous said he has received many touching emails and letters of support.