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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Good News for Gary Carter, Doctor said tumors are 80% better

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter received good news Tuesday after the results of an MRI exam revealed his brain tumors are "80 percent better."

The news was relayed by Carter's daughter Kimmy Bloemers on a family website, according to the New York Post.

The New York Mets legend, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer in May, was told by his doctor at Duke Medical Center that there "is much less swelling."

"Doctor V said specifically that dad's tumors are 80% better!" Bloemers wrote on the family website, adding the tumors are "less dense" and "less angry," an encouraging sign, according to Carter's doctor.

"The size is a little smaller but the most important fact is that these tumors are starting to GO AWAY!" Bloemers wrote. She added the next phase would require the 57-year-old former ball player to undergo five days of chemotherapy in pill form.

Doctors also told the family Carter's second MRI exam in May, which was taken just 10 days after the growths were first discovered, revealed the tumors had actually doubled in size. The aggressive nature of the tumors at that stage made Tuesday's results that much more amazing, Bloemers wrote.

Carter, who had been managing at Florida's Palm Beach Atlantic College this year, hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs in a 19-year career with the Mets, Montreal Expos, Giants and Dodgers.

He was a member of the Mets' 1986 World Series-winning team, was an 11-time All-Star, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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