Duke University Medical Center released a statement confirming Gary Carter has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain cancer.
Doctors Allan H. Friedman and Henry S. Friedman said in a statement:
The results of biopsies performed on the tumor in Gary Carter's brain have conclusively shown that Mr. Carter has a glioblastoma. While surgery is not a good option given the location of the tumor, we discussed an aggressive treatment plan with Mr. Carter and his family, which will include chemotherapy and radiation. Mr. Carter will be returning home to Florida to begin the next phase of his treatment, but we will continue to work closely with his medical team. Mr. Carter's youth, strong physical condition and fighting spirit will be to his advantage as his treatment commences. The outpouring of support for Mr. Carter has been incredible and we trust that his many friends and fans will join us in continuing to pray for him and his family.
The Carter family released this statement:
While we are saddened by the news we received today, we take comfort in the overwhelming support an prayers that have been extended to our family during this difficult time. We have boundless faith and hope knowing that the Lord will help see us through the challenging weeks and months ahead. Gary is getting the best care possible and is blessed with an incredible support network including family, friends and loyal fans. Gary was always a fierce competitor on the baseball field and that same tenacity will help him not only fight but win this battle, so please join Team Carter and continue to pray with our family.