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  • Twins' Terry Ryan battling treatable form of cancer

    The Twins have released a statement today from Terry Ryan who says that he will miss at least the beginning portion of spring training because of cancer that is considered treatable.

    Ryan will undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic for Squamous Cell Carcinoma after a biopsy of a lump on his neck was determined to be cancerous. Dr. Vijay Eyunni told the media Monday afternoon that the cancer was sourced to his lymph nodes and not skin cancer as previously reported.

    Here is the entirety of Ryan's statement:

    As the Minnesota Twins prepare to open Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL, I felt it was important to take this opportunity to share information surrounding my personal health.

    During the course of a routine annual physical, Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni detected a lump in my neck which required further review. A subsequent biopsy confirmed the lump was cancerous, leading to an official medical diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread to other regions of my body.

    At the direction of Dr. Eyunni, I am currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic as well as Minnesota Oncology. Iíve been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future.

    Understanding the need to focus on treatment and recovery, I will not be in Fort Myers as we commence Spring Training. That said, Iím highly confident in the proven leadership of our baseball operations team including Rob Antony, Mike Radcliff, Ron Gardenhire and others as we collectively prepare for the 2014 Major League season.

    Lastly, my family and I would like to say thank you to Dr. Eyunni as well as the doctors and medical staff at the Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Oncology. In addition, we are grateful for the many friends and colleagues who have sent their well wishes and support throughout this challenging time. Itís my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible.
    According to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, Ryan will undergo surgery tomorrow and the hopes are that a combination of surgery and radiation treatment will eliminate the cancer.

    All the best to Terry Ryan and his family.
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      Good luck, and a full and speedy recovery, Mr. Ryan.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Wishing him the best. Squamous cell carcinoma ( the mildest non evasive form of skin cancer) is very treatable in early stages and just takes surgery.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Press Release

      Get healthy soon, TR!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Best wishes, Mr. Ryan

      Hope to see you, with a BIG hat and heavy sunscreen, back in the stands soon!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Agreed...best wishes and get well soon!
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Best wishes, Mr. Ryan

      Hope to see you, with a BIG hat and heavy sunscreen, back in the stands soon!
      Best to TR
    1. goliath's Avatar
      goliath -
      Basal cell carcinomas are the mildest and most common form of skin cancers. Squamous cell carcinomas can be more aggresive and metastasis. It's unclear from the press release if the squamous cell carcinoma originated in the skin (they can also arise in mouth, throat, and other body areas lined by squamous cells like the chest, bladder, etc). It says lump in the neck. It may have been a lymph node. So, he may be getting further work up from Oncology for the primary lesion (they imply it is localized-confined to the neck) and possible need for further treatment like radiation and/or chemotherapy.
      I wish him a full speedy recovery.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I just read this more carefully and also what he said about the " lump". This does not sound like the squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer ( treatment usually an outpatient procedure and you are done ) but throat cancer (also squamous cells) which can have a good prognosis if it is early enough and the lymph nodes are clean (and they seem to be). But treatment is more involved. Thus the time off. Darn. Hope it is all gone soon and he is cancer free...
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Wow. I'm shocked and saddened by this news. Really the only thing on Everyone's mind is the health for You Mr. Ryan. Health and Family come first. Baseball is a distant second.

      Get Well TR! Thank goodness it is confined to the neck!

      From my family Thoughts and prayers you're way.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      While we differe on how to handle the Twins....I will pray for you and your family Terry,
      wishing you a fast and complete recovery....dios te bendiga(god bless you)
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Let's ease up on the amateur medical diagnoses and leave that to the real doctors. K?
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Best wishes, Mr. Ryan. Here's wishing a speedy recovery.
    1. strumdatjag's Avatar
      strumdatjag -
      Many of us have had similar skin cancer problems and are capable of providing a better diagnosis than the guys who gave us "bilateral leg weakness". So, I have no problem with amateur medical diagnosis. Good luck Terry, this shouldn't be a problem, but make sure you go get checked out once a year. It's a common problem with us fair-skinned caucasions who never used sun screen as kids.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Good luck Mr. Ryan.
    1. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
      Hosken Bombo Disco -
      Wishing here for a full recovery and quickest possible return to the ballpark.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Let's ease up on the amateur medical diagnoses and leave that to the real doctors. K?
      A million times this. It provides nothing of value to the discussion.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      No jokes about the Twins medical staff either! (Hope this doesn't count as such a joke )

      Glad it was detected and is being treated quickly. As long as he's been around the game, it's easy to forget that TR is only 60 years old! By all rights, he should have a lot of years left, both for the Twins and for his family. Best wishes to all of them through this process!
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      Let's ease up on the amateur medical diagnoses and leave that to the real doctors. K?
      We need Dr. Stat, STAT!
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      We need Dr. Stat, STAT!
      He is too busy with his other habit apparently.

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    1. goliath's Avatar
      goliath -
      Wow, why so snippy, I apologize for my comments if they bothered anyone. I'm a dermatologist and deal with squamous cell carcinoma of the skin everyday. I was just noting that it seemed like more than just a localized skin cancer to have Oncology and Mayo Clinic involved and have press release. I'll leave my commenting to my amatuer baseball knowledge.
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