Here's What We Know About Mayor Turner’s Cancer Diagnosis

We don't yet know if Mayor Turner's cancer is in remission.

By Amarie Gipson

Mayor Sylvester TurnER revealed a cancer diagnosis this week at the annual State of the City address. Shared during the Q&A portion of the event, his news left many shocked but inspired by his demonstration of resilience. Here’s everything that we know so far:

  • During a pre-travel dental visit for a root canal this summer, Mayor Turner's dentist discovered osteosarcoma in his jaw, a type of bone cancer most commonly found in children. He was preparing to travel to France but was hospitalized after a biopsy. 
  • After eight days in the hospital and a nine-hour reconstructive surgery in his jaw in July, Mayor Turner endured a six-week radiation treatment from August 1 to September 12. Although it’s still unknown whether he’s in remission, osteosarcoma is treatable with chemotherapy and radiation. 
  • Even during his treatment, Mayor Turner showed up to the city council, only missing a few meetings. He shared with the audience that he’s been “blessed” and is grateful for the medical professionals who saw him through diagnosis and treatment. 
  • Mayor Turner publicly with a bout of COVID-19 in December 2021, but made a full recovery.

With a year left in his term, Mayor Turner (who’s been in office since 2016) and his administration will continue their efforts to stabilize Houston’s city government for the next office. His transparency and gratitude testify to years of leading the city through many triumphs.

Watch Mayor Turner address his cancer diagnosis in this clip from the Q&A:

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