|Friday, April 25
Surgery now not an option for Oates
ESPN.com news services
Former Rangers manager Johnny Oates' cancer has returned as doctors found at least two tumors in his brain, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday.
According to the report, doctors have also told Oates that the two tumors cannot be removed by surgery.
The cancer was first detected in October 2001, and Oates was told that he would only have four months to live if he opted not to have surgery. A month later, the former manager underwent surgery, and was cancer-free until a recent exam showed two tumors.
Since Oates can't have surgery this time around, doctors are treating the cancer with oral chemotherapy.
"We're just trying a new direction," Oates told the newspaper Thursday. "I'm feeling great. I'm doing everything I pretty much want to. I just can't use my legs too much."
Radiation has left Oates, 57, bald on the right side of his head, he has lost the use of his left arm and hand. But the former manager is upbeat and is living in Matoaca, Va.
"From the very beginning it has been tough," Boston Red Sox coach Jerry Narron told the Star-Telegram. "But the way he has handled it and his faith, the way he's shared his faith, has been a blessing. He's an unbelievable man, as anybody who knows him already knows."