Wayne Township trustee announces he's battling cancer after finding lump on neck

Andy Harris to undergo surgery
Posted at 5:40 PM, May 04, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wayne Township Trustee Andy Harris has faced many battles as a public official, but now he's facing a new foe - cancer.

Harris, in office since 2011, discovered a lump below his ear and along his cheek line and went to the doctor to get it checked out.

He was diagnosed last month with Metastatic Squamous Carcinoma, and he’s scheduled for surgery on May 11 to remove his tonsils and infected lymph nodes.

“So many people, especially men, blow this stuff off,” said Harris. “I’m grateful I felt it and went to see the doctor.”

According to the National Cancer Institute,  it’s a treatable type of skin cancer.

“Not happy about this, but at least it is curable and I will get through it because God carry’s me because I am his, but I am sure I will whine like a baby,” said Harris in a Facebook post. “I ask you my brothers and sisters to continue to pray it gets better than expected, and that the surgery won't be so evasive as thought.”

Harris said he expects to have radiation as well, and will be at home recovering for up to six weeks.

"You all know my community means the world to me, and I don’t want you to think I am missing a meeting on purpose," read the Facebook post.  

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