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FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 3:  Jesse Orosco throws the ceremonial first pitch to Gary Carter before the Opening Day game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals at Shea Stadium on April 3, 2006 in Flushing, New York. The Mets won 3-2. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) Gary Carter.

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Gary Carter’s Cancer Has Worsened

There is, unfortunately, no good news to report on the condition of Mets great Gary Carter. Carter has been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, since last May, receiving radiation treatment and chemotherapy in effort to combat the four small tumors found in his brain. In recent weeks, his situation has only worsened, as he's had required surgery on sores in his mouth and separate hospital visits following falls, one of which tore his rotator cuff. And, from the sound of things, treatment has had little effect on his devastating brain cancer.

A Daily News story cites a family website maintained by Carter's daughter, which indicates that his situation has taken a turn for the worse:

“Friday, my dad got two MRIs in North Palm Beach, Florida … one for his brain and one for shoulder/arm. … I wish I could report the results were good. … I write these words with tears because I am so sad for my dad. Dr. Jimmy Harris will be coming to my parents’ house this evening to talk to the family about the next step.”

The report suggests that the next step might be to withdraw treatment since, despite mustering the strength to appear briefly at his annual charity golf tournament benefiting the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Carter says he doesn't "feel any different from day one," and the cancer has only worsened. 

Best wishes to Carter and his family, who have been brave and devoted in the face of mounting odds.

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