Wendy Leung, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 02/20/2012 05:06:30 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Councilman Sam Spagnolo, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December, is recovering this week from a successful surgery. Spagnolo, 70, said he plans to attend the next City Council meeting on March 7.

“I’m actually getting cabin fever,” said Spagnolo. “The main thing is I’m cancer-free and I’m very happy about that.”

Because of his surgery and recovery, Spagnolo has missed a number of city events including the mayor’s State of the City address and the grand opening of the Hellman Avenue Fire Station. A former firefighter, Spagnolo was disappointed to miss the grand opening, which took place on Feb. 8, the day of his surgery.

“As long as I’ve been around, it’s been a dream to have that station,” Spagnolo said.

Doctors conducted a robot-assisted prostate surgery on Spagnolo in Los Angeles, a two-hour procedure that is less invasive than typical open surgery. The good news is Spagnolo’s cancer did not spread to other areas.

But last week, there was a relapse in the road to recovery. Spagnolo started having spasms in his bladder and was rushed to the emergency room. He is now on medication and feeling much better.

Spagnolo said he routinely visits his doctor and gets blood work done every six months.

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