Mayor has breast cancer surgery

first_imgWHITTIER – Mayor Cathy Warner’s breast cancer surgery Tuesday was successful, her husband David said. “Everything went well,” David Warner said Wednesday. “There were no surprises. It went even quicker than they said it would. She’s doing well and they removed the cancer.” The surgery for carcinoma ductus in situ was performed at USC/Norris Cancer Hospital. Warner said that his wife is fine “but still hoarse from the anaesthesia.” She is expected to remain in the hospital for three to five days, he said. In January, Cathy Warner, 63, revealed at a Whittier City Council meeting that she had breast cancer. At the time Warner said she wanted people to hear it from her rather than via the grapevine. She is expected to miss Tuesday’s council reorganization meeting, when Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer is expected to be named mayor, as well as the council’s April24 meeting. The post of mayor is largely ceremonial, although the mayor conducts the council’s meetings and oversees various city functions and events. The post is rotated annually among the council members. Warner’s husband said Wednesday he was unsure how many meetings the mayor might have to miss. “I know she doesn’t want to rush anything,” he said. “She wants to recover like she should.” Warner has been on the council since April 2004. Before that, she served on the Whittier Union High School District Board of Education for 12 years, and on the East Whittier City School District board for two years. She has seven children and 18 grandchildren. Councilman Joe Vinatieri said he was happy to hear how well the surgery went. “We need to continue praying for her,” Vinatieri said. Vinatieri said it isn’t important how many meetings Warner misses. “What matters is that she gets well and is fully recovered,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more