Mets GM Sandy Alderson diagnosed with 'very treatable' cancer

NEW YORK -- New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been diagnosed with a 'very treatable' form of cancer and is due to begin chemotherapy this week, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said Friday.

The cancer was discovered when Alderson underwent a medical procedure three weeks ago.

"Surgery was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and as a result of that procedure, the doctors confirmed that Sandy has cancer," Wilpon said. "The doctors believe and have told Sandy that the cancer is very treatable and are optimistic about a full recovery."

Wilpon said Alderson will continue his GM duties while undergoing the treatment for the next eight to 12 weeks, with support from deputies J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta and John Ricco.

"Sandy will continue with his GM responsibilities throughout the treatments, although of course, there will be days he may not be in the office," Wilpon said. "In the meantime, Sandy's team and I will be coordinating closely with him and keeping him up to date on all baseball matters."

Alderson, 68, will not attend next week's winter meetings.

He will be continue to be treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.