Sedalia Mayor Bob Wasson was resting comfortably after a three-and-a-half hour surgery Friday to remove a brain tumor.
Doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City diagnosed the growth as a metastatic brain tumor, according to a press release issued by the city Friday afternoon.
“Physicians state the surgery was a success and anticipate that Mayor Wasson may be released within the next several days” from St. Luke’s, the released stated.
According to medical Web site, Web MD, “Metastatic brain tumors are made of cancerous cells from a tumor elsewhere in the body. The cells spread to the brain from another tumor in a process called metastasis. About 25 percent of tumors elsewhere in the body metastasize to the brain.”
Wasson, 74, is expected to continue treatment with his Sedalia doctors.
The mayor was diagnosed with a small mass on his brain in the past couple of weeks. The tumor caused his brain to swell, which resulted in balance and mobility problems.
Officials previously anticipated the health condition would result in a lightened workload for Wasson at City Hall. The mayor worked at City Hall on Thursday before his surgery.
Mayor Pro Tem Susan Daniels, who represents the 1st Ward on the City Council, would temporarily fill in for Wasson if he could not perform his duties. Under state law, the council would nominate and select by majority a new mayor if the mayor’s office becomes vacant.