Yankee great Bobby Murcer, now battling 'brain cancer' says he takes steroids. Hey, but these are therapeutic steroids.
Murcer's battle with cancer is well known. Treatment for the tumor consisted of chemotherapy and radiation therapy last winter. Murcer resumed activites as Yankee broadcaster recently, however his doctors noted an ominous shadow on a brain MRI. Story in the NY Daily News:
After getting the good news Wednesday that the ominous spot on his brain was not the return of cancer, an "ecstatic" Bobby Murcer expressed thanks to all his fans and well-wishers for their answered prayers.
"I just want everyone to know how grateful I am for their prayers," Murcer told the Daily News from his home in Oklahoma City. "It was a pretty scary thing and I didn't realize how complex this whole thing was going to be, but the good news is the spot turned out to be scar tissue and not a new tumor. I'm ecstatic."
After six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation last winter, he was able to resume his broadcasting duties with the Yankees. But last week a routine MRI revealed a spot in the same area of his brain from which the initial tumor was removed in December of '06, prompting doctors to order a biopsy. Yesterday, the biopsy revealed the spot to be only scar tissue and not another tumor.
"I didn't know they were going to have to go back in there with a needle into my brain to take the tissue out," he said. "The whole thing took about three hours and I'm pretty wiped out right now. Wiped out, but ecstatic. I thank the Good Lord for looking over me."
Murcer said he plans to spend the rest of the spring at home in Oklahoma City resting up, but vowed, as he did last year, to be back in the booth for Opening Day.
Murcer then 'admitted' to steroids. Actually these would be corticosteroids, used to prevent reflex brain swelling.
"Tell everyone I'll see them then," he said. "And, oh yes, tell them to forgive me, but I'm on steroids now! I know they don't want to hear this, but that's what the doctors have me taking."
See, there is a place for steroids in medicine, when used properly. And no one will ask Murcer to testify before Congress...let's keep Bobby Murcer in our thoughts.