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Bill Rosendahl returns to City Hall two months after cancer diagnosis

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L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl (second from the left) returned to City Hall Tuesday for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer. The councilman has lost about 45 pounds due to the treatment. From left to righ are Councilman Paul Koretz, Councilman Rosendahl, Councilman Tom LaBonge and Councilman Ed Reyes.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl

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Seen here in a file photo, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl returned to City Hall Tuesday for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer. The councilman has lost about 45 pounds due to the treatment.


Two months after he was diagnosed with cancer, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl returned to City Hall Tuesday with a pledge to run for a third term of office.

Rosendahl, 67, entered the chamber with the aid of a walker. After 13 radiation treatments and two chemotherapy sessions, the councilman has lost 45 pounds. It was only in recent days that his strength returned, he told reporters. He will go through another round of chemo next week. 

“I feel strong enough not only to serve a third term, but my goal is to live until 96 and when I’m getting all this love...you know, God is love,” Rosendahl said.

Up until now, the councilman has not disclosed what type of cancer he is battling. The cancer is of the ureter, which is a tube that connects the kidney and bladder. The councilman has a tumor between his fourth and fifth vertebrae and another tumor between the third and the fourth vertebrae, he said.

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