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Gary Carter’s brain tumors likely inoperable

File picture shows former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter holding up a Mets and an Expos hat in New York

Former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter holds up a New York Mets and an Expos hat as Yogi Berra (R) looks on during opening ceremonies at Major League Baseball’s All-Star game at Yankee Stadium in New York, in this file picture taken July 15, 2008. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter has been diagnosed with four “very small” brain tumors, the 11-times All-Star said in a statement issued by the New York Mets on May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


While the official results won’t be known until Tuesday, doctors are “99 percent sure” Gary Carter has Grade 4 Glioblastoma and his brain tumors are inoperable, the New York Post reports.

An MRI on May 21 showed that Carter had four small brain tumors, and a biopsy performed on one last week had doctors saying they were “90 percent” sure it was malignant.

Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote that the cancer “is like a snake of tumors that are connected across the back of the brain. The biggest tumor is on the left side of the brain.”

Blomers went on to write that Dr. Henry Friedman of the Duke Medical Center told the family the medical team will be “attacking and doing all we can to shrink these tumors. He explained that we are not fighting to prolong Dad’s life, instead, we are fighting to cure him completely.”

According to Wikipedia, Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans and the median survival time after a diagnosis is approximately 14 months.

To say the least, Gary has a very tough fight coming up.