Herbst had thyroid cancer

April 7, 2017 GMT

TRUMBULL - First Selectman Tim Herbst is not going to let thyroid cancer get him down.

“As soon as I was diagnosed I told my doctors let’s get this done, I have a town to run and a campaign to get off the ground,” he said, the latter a reference to a possible run for governor.

During a recent routine checkup Herbst said he learned he had papillary thyroid cancer. The finding did not come as a total surprise because Herbst said there is a history of thyroid cancer in his family. His father was treated for thyroid cancer in 1977 when he was 25 years old and football coach at Trumbull High School.

“My father came with me to the doctor’s office and was very supportive,” Herbst said. “He let me know what to expect and he said medical care has advanced a lot since he was treated 40 years ago. That really made me feel better.”

Herbst said he will have surgery to remove his thyroid on Friday and expects to be back in the office the following Monday. He said he has been told there will be no need for either chemotherapy or radiation.

“My prognosis is very good and a lot of that has to do with the fact that we caught it very early,” he continued. “I’m going to be absolutely fine. My father had his surgery on a Thursday afternoon and was back on the football field coaching on a Saturday. I plan on doing the same thing and getting back to running our great town.”

Herbst said when he first found out about the diagnosis his first thought was to keep it private.

“But then I realized I needed to share it to underscore to people the importance of early detection and being proactive. My family history caused me to monitor my thyroid for the last several years and I want people to know how important it is for them to go to the doctor and get tested,” he said. “Nothing is more important than your health.”