Denver council president Albus Brooks returns after cancer surgery

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DENVER -- City Councilman Albus Brooks returned to work Monday after taking some time off to have large tumor removed.

Five weeks ago, he learned he had a 15-pound cancerous growth in his pelvis. The council president had to have two surgeries to remove the tumor.

The good news is that he returned to work cancer-free. He said he's still a little weak, but he received a clean bill of health from his doctors.

The cancer diagnosis shocked the 37-year-old after he started feeling stiffness in his spine and pelvis. Doctors said he had cancer that forms from cartilage cells.

Surgeons removed the tumor July 5 and before his second surgery July 18, he lost his father because of heart complications.

The same day as his second surgery, Brooks' co-workers elected him Denver City Council president. He returned Monday to fill the job three weeks after doctors told him the surgeries were successful.