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Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan Has Cancer

Updated: 02/11/2014 4:15 PM
Created: 02/10/2014 1:23 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has cancer.

Ryan, 60, made the announcement Monday that he will not join the team for spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., but said the cancer is treatable and he expects to make a full recovery.

Dr. Vijay Eyunni, the Twins team doctor, said Monday afternoon that Ryan's cancer is in a lymph node but has not spread. He said surgery is the first step in treatment for Ryan, which will likely happen Tuesday.

Here is 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. I've 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, I'm 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. It's my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible.''

Twins players and fans were quick to show their support after hearing the news. Pitcher Glen Perkins said on Twitter: "Cancer news hit close to home today. Sickened to hear about one of the men I respect most. My prayers are with you Terry."

Twins president Dave St. Peter had similar thoughts on Twitter: "Tough day inside @Twins as Terry Ryan's cancer diagnosis announced. Nobody will fight harder or do so w/ more class, grace than TR."

Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan announced Monday the cancer is treatable.
Photo: AP/Reinhold Matay, File

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