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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: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

Growing up a Giants fan in the 70s' and 80s' we marvelled over players like Carter. He was a Giant for 1 year at the end of his career but I loved the fact he wore the Orange and Black. Fight this and beat the cancer...

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:16 pm

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

Horrible news, obviously.  Carter was quite a competitor as a player.  Though many like to remember him on the championship Mets, his best years were clearly with the Expos.  He was possibly the best catcher in baseball in his prime with the Expos, but since he was in Montreal he didn't quite get the attention he deserved.  A feared hitter in his prime and a great defender.  Knowing the competitor he is, I'm sure he's going to fight this one hard.  Here's wishing the best, Gary Carter!

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:13 pm

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

My mother died of a brain tumor 18 months ago. Friedman at Duke was one of the doctors we consulted with. All the medical professionals say these tumors are treatable, but they are NOT curable. All that means is that the patient gets a little more time, maybe 1 year, at a stretch maybe 18 months. Make no mistake, though. If the tumors are malignant, this is a terminal disease. It's sad to see families get this news for the first time. It's a devastating disease.

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:36 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

I hope things work out for him. Great hard nosed player and team leader! I'm sure he'll fight it with all he has in true Gary Carter fashion.
May God Bless you in your fight!

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2011 10:05 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

As a catcher in little leage, I always emulated the style and grit of "The Kid". His toughness is legendary as were his clutch hits during that magical run in 1986. Those bombs over the Green Monster at Fenway Park still give me the chills. A true class act in every way.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:42 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

being a diehard yankee fan 1986 was a nightmare to me....on top of it i went to college in felt like i was one of the few yankee fans around....i hated carter back then....but I wish him the best in beating this....anyone who faces cancer has my utmost respect....god bless gary carter...

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 8:21 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

He was the catcher of the 80's with no peer. I remember the two homers he hit in he all star game. Puts things in perspective and Baseball is just a game.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: May 28, 2011 5:30 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

I've mostly been a follower of the American League but I remember watching a "Game of the Week" many years ago.  At one point during the game, they discussed the toughness of Gary Carter.  At that point in his career, Carter had 8 athletic cups broken by pitched balls!  They showed a picture of Gary's foot.  It was almost black from foul balls he had taken.  If there is anyone that has the toughness to beat this, it will be Gary Carter.  God Bless Gary and his family.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:07 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

This really hurts. I met Gary Carter once out side of Shea. It was me, meeting my childhood hero. He did not disapoint me. What a class act. He signed some items, talked with me and took a picture with me. I went to Cooperstown in 2003 to see him inducted into the baseball hall of fame. Gary has donated alot of time and money to charities. He is a great man. Say a prayer for the "Kid." he is a fighter and has true faith. God bless Gary Carter.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2011 12:55 am

Carter's tumors are likely malignant

Gary Carter - Expos legend and my boyhood baseball idol growing up in Canada.  One of the very best catchers to every play the game, a tough power hitter in the clutch who always gave 100%.   More importantly, a well spoken, respectable man.  My thought and prayers go out to Gary and his family.  If anyone can beat this awful disease - it's "The Kid".   

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