Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, according to a statement released by his office.
Benoit wrote that “the prognosis is not good.”
The 64-year-old supervisor, who represents the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County, said he will “begin an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy,” while exploring any and all other treatment options.
Benoit was admitted to Rancho Mirage’s Eisenhower Medical Center last week after suffering from “weeks of discomfort, dry coughing and extreme fatigue.”
A CT scan revealed pulmonary embolisms and a growth on his pancreas, but a specific diagnosis was not available at the time.
When Benoit announced last week he was undergoing treatment, he stated he would be “reluctantly” reducing his workload. He said he planned to participate in Board of Supervisors meetings via video or teleconferencing.
His staff will represent him at any meetings he cannot attend, while most matters will be handled by his chief of staff, Michelle DeArmond.
“I want to thank the community for the overwhelming outpouring of support I have received these past few days,” Benoit wrote. “I will continue working with a reduced schedule as I undergo treatment and will maintain close contact with my staff.”