After Cancer Diagnosis, Miller Tells Colleagues Health Is ‘Largely Good’

    Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), who announced in January that he’d been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, told colleagues in a letter last week that his health is “largely good today.”

    Miller, who promised on the last day of the legislative session to update senators periodically about his health, sent a letter to them last Tuesday that included photos of family outings so far this summer, including a weekend in Ocean City and a trip to the ice cream parlor.

    “I cannot express how much I appreciate your consistent thoughts, prayers and check-up calls, and your commitment to our wonderful state,” Miller wrote.

    Regarding his health, Miller wrote that he still has back pain due to cancer in his bones, but his doctor has cleared him for activities including longer trips. Miller is currently being treated with an injectable form of Radium-223, which kills the cancer and strengthens bone, he wrote to colleagues. Next steps for treatment will be considered after he finishes the current radiation regiment.

    While undergoing earlier treatments, Miller – the longest-serving Senate president in state history – presided over his chamber for most of the floor sessions during the 90-day legislative session. His letter referenced the death of House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) on the day before the end of session. The two men had served aside each other in the top legislative positions for more than 16 years, the longest duo in state history.

    “While Sine Die ended on a somber note, I believe all members of the Senate should be proud of the work we have done, and I look forward to continuing our work in the years ahead,” Miller wrote.

    Since the session ended, Miller has also spent time on working on issues in his legislative district that includes parts of Prince George’s and Calvert counties and on his law practice. He told senators he would be available for meetings with them any time.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.