In a post on The Player’s Tribune, Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini has revealed that he has stage 3 colon cancer. Back in March, Trey left the team to undergo the medical procedure which was termed as a non-baseball medical procedure. Later it was announced that the procedure was surgery to remove a malignant tumour from his colon.
Addressing his health condition, Mancini revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Additionally, through the post, he informed that he is currently under medication. Mancini reports that on April 13, he began undergoing chemotherapy, and would do so every two weeks for the next six months.
With no surprise, Mancini also revealed that he won’t be playing baseball in 2020. He wrote:
“If baseball returns in 2020, it will probably be without me.“
Mancini’s story also focuses on how rare it is in COVID-19 pandemic to be diagnosed for cancer. Further, he is not allowed to enter the hospital with anyone as he goes in and leaves, for his care and extra precautions needed.
Explaining the situation, he wrote:
“I know that this is a terrible time for everybody.“
He continued, writing:
“So many people have lost jobs, so many people have lost loved ones. After my chemo is done, and when I’m totally cancer-free, I’ve got a few different ideas of what I can do. I’m lucky enough to have a platform that I feel allows me to make a difference for some people — even if it’s just spreading awareness about the importance of getting a physical every year.“
Despite facing difficulties in treating illness, Trey is optimistic about his current health condition. Furthermore, he seems motivated and goes on to write:
“But I want everybody to know that I’m O.K. I know reading everything and seeing that I had a malignant tumor removed from my colon, it’s a lot to absorb — believe me, I know. I’m not really big on social media, but I posted a video on Instagram after my surgery because I wanted people to see that I looked like myself and I was in good spirits.“
Adding to this, he wrote:
“And I have no doubt that, even when I’m doing chemo, I can work out and do some things. So, whenever the time comes for me to come back to baseball, I’ll be ready. But I just want to make sure that I am physically fine before I go out there and start trying to perform again at a major league level.“
After the regular physical and blood examination with the team doctors, Mancini was advised that his iron levels were poor. As a result, they had to do another blood test. Doctors initially thought that it might be celiac disease or an ulcer in the stomach. However, colonoscopy and endoscopy confirmed him of having a malignant tumor in his colon.
Just wanted to reiterate how grateful I am for everyone during this time. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. For now, stay safe and healthy! pic.twitter.com/822b4Lqf74
— Trey Mancini (@TreyMancini) March 14, 2020
On the other hand, Mancini’s father was also diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer in 2011 at the age of 58. Apart from feeling lethargic than usual, he feels lucky to get diagnosed as he didn’t have any typical symptoms of colon cancer. The only reason for his repeated blood check was low iron levels.
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