By C. Trent Rosecrans
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!"
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