Gary Carter Will Need Six Weeks of Radiation and a Year of Chemotherapy
Less than two weeks after an MRI revealed that Gary Carter was suffering from brain tumors, it was announced on Wednesday that surgery was not an option for the Hall of Fame catcher.
The good news is that doctors from The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke do have a plan to save the 57-year-old Carter's life, and the latest word is that he has returned home to Florida and is ready to begin his treatment.
According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, Carter's treatment plan consists of six and a half weeks of radiation and one year of chemotherapy.
This is what Kimmy Bloemers, Carter's daughter, wrote on the family's private website early Thursday morning. She also wrote that her father is likely to begin his treatment on Monday.
"Doctor said they are going after these tumors aggressively. ... Dad is ready to battle," wrote Bloemers.
Bloemers also added that Carter is "happy," "motivated" and that he is in "fantastic spirits."
Specifically, Carter has a form of cancer called glioblastoma, which affects the brain and central nervous system. Over the weekend, Bloemers described Carter's ailment as a "snake of tumors."
MUST READ: The 100 Best Players in MLB History
Carter's doctors eventually confirmed that the location of the tumors is what made surgery "not a good option." But in a statement, they made it clear that this is a fight they think Carter can win.
“Mr. Carter’s youth, strong physical condition and fighting spirit will be to his advantage as his treatment commences," it read.
Carter's family also expressed confidence in his ability to overcome his illness in a statement of their own: "Gary was always a fierce competitor on the baseball field and that same tenacity will help him not only fight but win this battle."
Carter hit .262 in 19 major league seasons, with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs. He made 11 All-Star teams, and won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1986. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.