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Sens’ Bryan Murray: ‘There is no cure for me at this point’

Bryan Murray

Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray announces that the team has extended his contract by one year during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. Murray joined the Senators in 2004 and spent three years as the team’s head coach before being named general manager on June 18, 2007. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit)


Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray opened up to TSN’s Michael Farber about his battle with cancer on Thursday.

Farber overcame his own battle with Stage 3 stage mouth and throat cancer.

Murray is fighting Stage 4 colon cancer and says he knows he will not win this battle.

“The word is we’ll keep doing chemo and, hopefully, reduce the tumors and the effect and I’ll get some time out of that,” Murray said. “There is no cure for me at this point.”

According to doctors the cancer had been living in Murray’s body for seven to 10 years before it was caught.

“The frustrating part – and I’ve said this to several doctors since then – is, ‘How come there were no signs?’” Murray, 71, asked. “When you hear that you’ve had cancer for possibly up to 10 years and there were no signs ... obviously, because of the Stage 4, it had moved through my body.”

Murray admits a simple colonoscopy could’ve changed his situation.

“I didn’t have a colonoscopy which I should’ve had,” Murray said. “I don’t know why I didn’t. One of the comments that came back to me on a regular basis, ‘You’re healthy, you’re from a family that hasn’t had any disease whatsoever. We can maybe wait.’ But that’s also my fault in that I should’ve demanded or at least asked for. But like a lot of men do, we put it off.”

“A simple colonoscopy in my case probably would’ve solved the problem I have.”

Murray knows, with it being Stage 4, he won’t overcome his battle, but joked he wanted to prolong overtime.

“Let’s go to extra overtime and keep playing like the game we played against the Islanders many years ago and we went to four overtime periods,” Murray said. “Let’s just keep it going as long as we can, be as healthy as we can for that time, and enjoy what we have as we do it.”

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