DeSoto Co. sheriff undergoes cancer surgery

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco is at home recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

The Commercial Appeal reports that the 64-year-old Rasco was diagnosed several weeks ago during a routine exam.

In a statement released by the sheriff’s department on Tuesday, Rasco says the cancer was in its early stages and he opted to have a robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove the prostate.

The surgery was a success and no further treatment is required, according to the statement.

Rasco says he will return to work in the near future.

While Rasco is recovering, Chief Deputy Frank Rainey is in charge.

Rasco was elected sheriff in 2007.