Mayor admits he’s thought about stepping down as a stubborn infection defies cure


Still in charge: Mayor Dick Pasco confers with street department chief Jim Hahn. The mayor sometimes leaves work early because of fatigue, but he says he's always back in the office at 8 a.m. or earlier the next day. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Working on regaining his stamina: Greenfield Mayor Dick Pasco prepares a shake made with ice cream and peaches in his kitchen. Pasco said antibiotics have affected his appetite, and it's been difficult to regain the 40 pounds he lost over the summer. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Mayor Dick Pasco boasts that every day, he is a record-breaker for surviving liver cancer.

He was told 13 years ago that he had only eight months to live. But when a surgeon at an Ohio cancer hospital told him he could live another 10 years by undergoing surgery followed by experimental chemotherapy, Pasco said the decision was simple.

The surgery cleared him of cancer. But now, years later, the experimental treatments have led to complications that so far have been difficult to overcome.

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