Showing posts with label Brain Tumors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brain Tumors. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doctors find more brain tumors on Gary Carter

Gary Carter’s battle against brain cancer took another turn for the worse Thursday, when the former Mets catcher received more bad news in an MRI result.

The test revealed that the amount of tumors had increased and the family will meet with more doctors soon to discuss what comes next.

“Just a few moments ago, my mom received a phone call from [the doctor] at Duke,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a family website Thursday. “I wish I could say that the results were good ...”

The MRI exam, taken Friday, showed there “are now several new spots/tumors on my dad's brain,” according to Bloemers. “I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad. Dr. Jimmy Harris will be coming to my parent's house [Thursday] evening to talk to the family about the next step.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gary Carter Receives Encouraging News

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, An MRI exam at Duke University revealed positive news in Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's battle with cancerous brain tumors, daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote in an online journal.

Carter's doctors informed the family that the tumors have shrunk 10 percent from a previous MRI exam, and approximately 75 percent since the initial detection.

"Parts of the tumors are actually dying," Bloemers wrote in the private journal, to which the family has granted access to

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gary Carter receives good news in his battle with cancer

According to the NY Post, Gary Carter's battle with brain cancer took a positive turn yesterday, when doctors determined that new spots recently discovered were benign, according to the former Mets catcher's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers.

"We are praising the heavens for more victories!" Bloemers wrote in her online journal. "Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging cheers for dad! Keep them coming!!!"

Bloemers also said the Hall of Famer was due to finish his second round of chemotherapy last night.

"Dad has been extremely tired during these days of chemo, which has been expected," Bloemers wrote. "After he finishes his last pill tonight, he will start to do more activity for his body. The doctor has emphasized exercise, healthy food intake and rest when needed. Dad will start to do physical therapy to get his joints and muscles moving as he pushes through the exhaustion."

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Gary Carter rushed to the hospital with blood clots in leg and chest

According to ESPN,  Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was taken to the emergency room Tuesday after experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a private family website.

Carter underwent several tests, which revealed he had blood clotting in his chest and his right leg. A CT scan revealed no brain bleeding, however, according to the site.

The longtime New York Mets and Montreal Expos catcher has been undergoing treatment for malignant brain tumors since early June.

Carter will have to inject two needles into his stomach every day until further notice, according to Bloemers. The injections contain blood thinners, which will help treat the clots.

Carter, who was released from the hospital Wednesday after a 24-hour stay, will be re-evaluated by doctors Friday. He has been told to rest until then.

"These blood clots are very controllable and this new medication should help dissolve the problems," Bloemers wrote on the website,  "Dad is very lucky it was caught so early."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gary Carter ready to proceed with new stronger chemo treatment

Gary Carter, whose more intense round of chemotherapy had been delayed by a low white-blood-cell count, is now ready to proceed with that treatment to combat malignant brain tumors.

His daughter Kimmy Bloemers writes:

"Dad went to the doctor yesterday and received news that his white blood count was high enough to start the new stronger chemo! The blood count is still a little low; however, he got the green light to take his first pill last night. He took an anti-nausea pill at 10 p.m. and took his chemo at 10:30 p.m. and then fell right to sleep. We are so happy to report that dad is not sick and he had a good day today. There was some anxiety yesterday not knowing if this 5-day treatment would have terrible reactions. Aside from being tired, dad has no other side effects!!!"

Bloemers adds: "Dad will take his second chemo pill tonight and will take his last chemo pill Friday night. This will happen every month for one year. Five pills for one month, Avastin every two weeks and steroids everyday. ... Dad is very strong, determined and focused for our family, his fans, friends and his baseball players. I am so proud of him. He has endured a lot these last three months and without a doubt, the best is yet to come. The more we pray, the more this miracle will happen!"

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.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Get Well GC - 1986 World Series Catcher Gary Carter Diagnosed with Brain Tumors

Former New York Mets catcher Gary Carter has been diagnosed with four small brain tumors, according to the New York Daily News.

The Hall of Famer will have surgery at Duke University Hospital within the next few days, the paper reported.

According to the Daily News, a source close to Carter, 57, said the former catcher had been complaining of headaches and forgetfulness recently. An MRI on Saturday revealed the tumors.

It won't be known until the surgery whether the tumors are malignant, according to the paper.

Carter spent 19 years with the Mets, Expos, Giants and Dodgers. He hit .262 with 324 career home runs and 1,225 RBIs.

He has been managing at Palm Beach Atlantic College this past year, near his home in Palm Beach, Fla.

Gary Carter was one of my heroes growing up watching the Mets, and was one of the nicest players when you seen him in person.  He would sign anything you would put in front of him. I even seen him sign a shoe (True Story). I hope he can overcome this obstacle in his life, Get Well Gary. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
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