Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says he's undergoing chemo treatments every two weeks in wake of his March diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Patterson, 80, talked to "CBS 62 Michigan Matters" TV host and Free Press columnist Carol Cain on Sunday about the conversation he had with his doctor, Phillip Phillip, which included this question: "How much time do I have?"
"He said, 'I don't know, only God knows.'"
While only 9% of pancreatic cancer patients survive more than five years after diagnosis, Patterson said he plans to keep fighting the disease, Micah Walker of the Detroit Free Press reports.
"You gotta keep a positive attitude," he said. "I don't see me ultimately succumbing to this. If doctors can give me five to seven more years of remission, I'll sign that contract right now."
After getting elected to his post seven times, Patterson does not plan to run for re-election in 2020.
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