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Cook County Commissioner now in remission after cancer treatment

Cook County Board Commissioner Scott Britton is feeling better after receiving treatment for his throat cancer and is back at events.

Britton was diagnosed in August and received intravenous chemotherapy once a week for five weeks and external radiation treatments for 35 days over a seven-week period ending November 8. No surgery was required.

“I’m considered in remission and, God willing, I never have to do that again,” said Britton, whose 14th Ward includes 19 communities, including Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield and Wilmette.

The doctors told him that he would have some side effects for three to six months after the treatment. Mainly it has to do with a sore throat.

“I’ve had some side effects, but I’m feeling a lot better and my blood work shows my immune system is back to normal,” he said. “…I just have to be patient and realize this is the new normal.”

Britton has scheduled a final computerized topography (CT) scan and physical exam in February.

The cancer was near the vocal cords, which “freaked” Britton out a little, considering he’s a trial attorney and a politician.

“Having to talk is a big deal,” he said.

Fortunately, prior to the cancer diagnosis, a new regulation in the Board Rules and Administration Committee, which Britton chairs, allowed remote attendance at board meetings. Britton kept to the schedule at home and even during treatment, he said.

“At one point I had an IV in my arm and was voting on district board matters, which I was very fortunate to be able to do because there were important things going on,” he said.

“But it was very strange. I was in a hospital in my smock at the same time making laws.”

In anticipation of a second term as District 14 commissioner, it is imperative that Britton stand up as the March 14 deadline for signing a nomination petition is approaching.

After a December in hiding, he was back on the scene at the turn of the year, masked and socially distancing.

Britton was scheduled to attend two events on January 22, and he said he’s seen “probably half a dozen things” since leaving the house.

He hopes that COVID and its variants will calm down soon.

“There’s a lot for me to do, so I think things are really going to look a lot different by March,” Britton said.

When he told the Herald a story on Oct. 14 while still undergoing treatment, his situation highlighted the need for a strong health and hospital system in Cook County. It includes John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital of Cook County, both in Chicago, and 14 community health centers, the closest being in Arlington Heights.

The health care system is run by an independent board, Britton said, but the Cook County Board of Commissioners sets the budget.

“We want to make sure that people don’t go to Cook County because they have to, they go because they want to,” Britton said. “That is my goal.”

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