Gary Carter's tumors inoperable

Hall of Famer and former New York Met Hall of Famer and former New York Met catcher Gary Carter with his Hall of Fame ring at Shea Stadium. Photo Credit: Newsday/Kathy Kmonicek

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Gary Carter now is praying for a miracle.

The Mets great has Stage 4 brain cancer and his tumors are inoperable, according to a statement released last night by Duke University Medical Center.

Biopsies performed on Carter's brain conclusively show he has a glioblastoma and surgery is not an option, given the location of the tumor.

Grade 4 tumors are the most severe and tend to grow rapidly and spread faster than tumors with a lower grade.

According to a joint statement released by Drs. Allan H. Friedman and Henry S. Friedman of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, Carter will begin an aggressive treatment plan that includes chemotherapy and radiation.

"Mr. Carter will be returning home to Florida to begin the next phase of his treatment, but we will continue to work closely with his medical team," the statement read. "Mr. Carter's youth, strong physical condition and fighting spirit will be to his advantage as his treatment commences. The outpouring of support for Mr. Carter has been incredible and we trust that his many friends and fans will join us in continuing to pray for him and his family."

Carter, 57, in his own words, detailed the start of his emotional journey on the family's private website, saying: "My story began last Thursday, May 20th when I wasn't feeling myself and a little confused with daily endeavors. I was forgetting things, repeating questions and tired all the time. I went to the doctor on Friday, May 21st for a checkup of something completely unrelated to my situation now.

"After conversation, the doctor ordered an MRI to see why I was feeling 'out of it.' The MRI showed on Friday that four small tumors were found on my brain. They are located on the back, left side of my head. We were shocked of this news but took immediate action and called Duke medical center for guidance."

Though saddened by the news, Carter's family expressed its appreciation and gratitude for the outpouring of support.

"Gary is getting the best care possible and is blessed with an incredible support network including family, friends and loyal fans," the Carter family said in the statement. "Gary was always a fierce competitor on the baseball field and that same tenacity will help him not only fight but win this battle, so please join Team Carter and continue to pray with our family."

Affectionately nicknamed "The Kid," Carter was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003. He was an 11-time All-Star during his 19-year career with the Montreal Expos, Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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