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Carter's tumors are likely malignant

Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:51 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 8:46 pm
 
Gary Carter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Some sad news to start your Friday night -- doctors at Duke University are "90 percent sure" the tumors in Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's head are malignant, according to the New York Daily News.

One of Carter's daughters wrote on a family website that they won't get the official diagnosis until next week, but it doesn't look good for Carter.

"It was very hard for all of us to hear, as we have been hoping and praying that the tumors would be benign," one of Carter's daughters wrote. "Lots of tears have been shed in the hospital room today, and we are all a bit scared of the unknown." 

Carter was diagnosed with four small brain tumors last week. He's scheduled to begin chemotherapy and radiation as soon as the final test results are known.

The Mets later released a statement from Allan H. Friedman and Henry S. Friedman, co-deputy directors of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University:  "Following a thorough examination and assessment of Gary Carter, biopsies were performed this morning from a tumor located in Mr. Carter's brain. The preliminary results are that his tumor appears to be malignant. Once the pathology report is available, which will take several days, we will discuss treatment options with Mr. Carter and his family.

In the meantime, Mr. Carter is in excellent spirits and good physical condition. He is resting comfortably, surrounded by his family. We hope that his friends and fans will continue to pray for Mr. Carter and his family during this time."

Doctors have told the family the tumors may be treatable, according to the website.

"[The doctor] wants us all to team up and help Dad through the battle ahead," his daughter wrote. "He said that this IS treatable and they will attack it with the same kind of vigor that Dad displayed on the baseball diamond!"

Carter, 57, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:14 am
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:07 am
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:09 am
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

We all have to go.
Carter lived his life well.



Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:10 am
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

For any of us who have had to watch a loved one fight for one more day, one last breath, only to be taken by this horrible illness, it is disrespectful to their memory to imply that they didn't have what it takes to beat it.
To genoagreg, I am one of the well-wishers that stated "if anyone can beat this, Gary Carter can".  It is a statement of encouragement and support, not the delusional rantings of a naive non-realist.  I am well aware that these tumors, if truly malignant, will eventually take Gary from us.  Do not preach to anyone about disrespect, then shower them with a dose yourself.  We are all eventually going to pass, whether it be cancer, heart attack, hit by bus, etc.  NO ONE can beat death!  That does not mean we walk on eggshells and stop living.  When someone is diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness, we do not write them off.  We give them any means of support and encouragement that we can (at least that is what decent human beings have a tendency to do).  Don't be a hypocrite, offer your support and don't use the forum to nitpick someone's words because they aren't the ones that you would have used.

On July 10, 2010, my sister passed away from bone and liver cancer.  She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer almost 15 years before that.  She kept fighting.  I'm certain that Gary Carter will do the same.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

"If anyone can do it, you can!" are meant to be supportive, but they suggest that the eventual outcome is up to the patient, which simply isn't true with cancer.

This is one of the dumbest posts I have read on these boards in a very long time.  To pick at someone's well wishes is just plain lame.
You're not the only one who has had loved ones ravaged by cancer.  My family has had many.  I guess you would rather people not offer well wishes at all or perhaps get your permission first.

I really have to admit, that this has got to rank right up there with the dumbest posts of all time.  Thanks for trying to belittle those who offer well wishes.  Must make you feel like a tough guy.



Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

So sad.

Wish him and his family the best.

He brought much enjoyment to many.

Prayers are with him and his loved ones.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

    Well said, well said.



Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

While offering Gary Carter your best wishes in his struggle with what appears to be cancerous tumors, please refrain from equating his "toughness" with any ability to beat this disease. For any of us who have had to watch a loved one fight for one more day, one last breath, only to be taken by this horrible illness, it is disrespectful to their memory to imply that they didn't have what it takes to beat it. Comments like, "If anyone can do it, you can!" are meant to be supportive, but they suggest that the eventual outcome is up to the patient, which simply isn't true with cancer. Jim Valvano pledged, "Never, ever, give up!" but he was taken. A cousin of mine was given less than a year by his doctors, with bone cancer that had metastisized to his lungs. He fought for three years, suffering unspeakable pain from tumors that eventually started growing on the exterior of his body. He was young, strong as an ox, and ultimately, taken far too early in life.  

I join others in wishing Gary the best. I hope his cancer is treatable and that his doctors, the best in the profession, can eradicate the tumors. If they can, he'll survive. He's still young, strong, and in good shape to endure the treatments ahead. If they aren't able to, however, certainly no one in their right mind should think that his desire to live was less than complete or responsible for the outcome.  




Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

Very sorry to hear this Gary. Stay focused on the Lord and rest in him for your strength. I still remember when we met. My mother came down at Candlestick Park where you were signing autographs and you stopped to hug her. Your father introduced my grandparents and were instrumental in them getting married. After that introduction you send me pictures and a letter, I guess I was 12-14 years old. I was glad your dad was able to at least hear about your selection to the Hall prior to his passing. My mom will dropping you a note too. She is not a believer in God so maybe you can some influence with her through your testimony. Thank you for the million dollar smile and being a committed Christian father for all to see. I was at the National's game last night and saw your name on the ring of honor again. Thanks for being a great example to follow. Pray for strength for all your family during this tough time.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

Horrible news.  My thoughts and prayers to Gary and his entire family as well as the Mets organization.
Godspeed Gary.  If there is anyone that can beat this, it's you.


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