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Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:29 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 4:07 pm
 
Tony GwynnBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn was scheduled to have surgery on a cancerous tumor in his right cheek, the same place he had a growth removed 18 months ago, ESPN.com reports.

Gwynn's wife, Alicia, told Friend the doctors didn't believe the cancer had spread beyond Gwynn's salivary glad, but they expect to know more after the surgery. Alicia Gwynn said doctors may also perform a nerve graft to preserve his facial functions.

Gwynn, the baseball coach at San Diego State, was diagnosed with cancer in his mouth in August of 2010. He's blamed the cancer on his smokeless tobacco habit. Gwynn used smokeless tobacco for his entire 20-year big-league career and beyond. However, he said he has not used since his 2010 surgery.

In his previous surgery, the doctors left part of a nerve to help control his facial functions, so part of the tumor was left in and the surgery was supplemented with chemotherapy. If the tumor is still on the nerve this time, Alicia Gwynn said her husband instructed doctors to just take it out and then go ahead with the nerve graft to help preserve his facial functions.

"Tony told them to take [the malignant tumor] all out," Alicia Gwynn told ESPN.com. "They said they may need to remove the facial nerve -- they might have to go a lot deeper. But he just told them to take it out. And if they do remove the facial nerve, they'll replace it with a nerve from his shoulder or leg.

"Hopefully, his face will work fine; hopefully he'll be able to blink his eye. They said they will make his face as normal as they can -- and that it might be better than it was."

The best case scenario, Alicia Gwynn said, would have Gwynn back on the field at San Diego State in about a month.

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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:10 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Hoping Tony is fine after this surgery. I went to SDSU with him and Chris. Both of them were always great people who never looked down on us "average"guys. The first time i saw him play during a practice behind Peterson Gym in 1978, he hit a home run. He was also the starting guard on our basketball team.




Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:08 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Godspeed in your recovery, Tony.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:15 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Drop the judgemental comments about chewing. Yes, that's probably why he has cancer. I'm pretty sure those judging his chewing have not led pristine lives, so drop the righteous BS. Biottom line is that Tony is good guy and a great ambassador for the game. I wish him all the best and hope for a speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing him continue to disccuss hitting with the other great hitters in baseball. 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:50 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

So now Gwynn has cancer after he chewed a cancer causing substance in his mouth for 30 years? Shocker !



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:29 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

One of the greatest hitters of all time.



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:25 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Mr. Gwynn .....  it was great watching you play the game. It'll be great watching you recover from this cancer. Your an All - Star in life and beating this thing will put you in the Hall of Fame of life as well. Be strong . Remember the ones who love you and the ones you love. Do it for them . Ill be rooting for you. Good job. Innocent


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Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:44 am
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:20 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Have a chaw?


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Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:18 am
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Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:10 am
 

Report: Gwynn having surgery to remove tumor

Good for you!

I quit on the 1st day of the NFL season this past year. That was a really hard habit to break!



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