Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tony Gwynn Has Cancer, San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Going to Fight It

Tony Gwynn Cancer
Tony, Gwynn, one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball throughout the 80′s and 90′s, announced today that he has cancer. The cancer was found in his parotid

gland, the largest of the saliva glands, after he had 3 lymph nodes removed.

Gwynn believes that the cancer is likely due to his years of using chewing tobacco, although there have been no studies done linking chewing tobacco to parotid gland cancer. Luckily for Tony, the cancer seems to have been caught in the early stages. He will undergo radiation therapy 5 days a week, and chemo once a week. Gwynn stated, “I had surgery for a parotid tumor in 1997 and again three years ago and both those times there was no cancer. But this time they found a malignancy. They took out three lymph nodes and did all the tests and the results showed cancer in the parotid. The doctors have told me they feel they caught the cancer early and there was not much of it there.”

Gwynn was a lifetime San Diego Padre’s player. He finished his career 18th all time on the MLB total hits list with 3,141 hits. In his career which spanned 20 years, Gwynn had a career batting average of .338. He was also a 15 time All-Star, 5 time Gold Glove award winner, and a Hall of Famer. He is currently the head coach of the San Diego State University baseball team, his own alma mater. Tony has a son, Tony Gwynn Jr. who is 28 years old and also a Major League Baseball player with the San Diego Padre organization.

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