Daughter: Gary Carter 'ready to battle'

Updated: June 4, 2011, 1:26 AM ET
By Ian Begley and Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Gary Carter is resting comfortably at home in Florida, preparing for a cancer treatment that calls for 6½ weeks of radiation and one year of chemotherapy, his daughter wrote on a private family website.

Carter visited with radiation doctors in Palm Beach, Fla. on Friday and received his first Avastin treatment.

According to the drug's website, Avastin's purpose is to prevent the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors. Carter will be under the care of Dr. Jimmy Harris in Palm Beach.

Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote in a Friday journal entry that his radiation treatment will begin Tuesday.

"We are all so happy we are getting the ball rolling!" Blowers wrote. "Avastin is a treatment done through an i.v. in case you were curious. Dad is used to needles so he was was able to sleep through most of his treatment. We left in the early afternoon after having a 6 hour day at the doctors. He will return for his second Avastin treatment in 2 weeks. The appointments will be much shorter from here on out."

Bloemers had indicated in a Thursday journal entry that radiation would likely begin Monday, rather than Tuesday.

"Doctor said they are going after these tumors aggressively. ... Dad is ready to battle," Bloemers wrote Thursday.

Bloemers added that Carter is "happy" and "motivated" after some much-needed rest on Wednesday.

"He sounds like a completely different person. He is in fantastic spirits," she wrote.

Doctors treating Carter confirmed on Tuesday that he has glioblastoma, a form of cancer that affects the brain and central nervous system.

Doctors said surgery "is not a good option given the location of the tumor."

Carter has been approved to take Avastin, Bloemers wrote. According to the drug's website, Avastin's purpose is to prevent the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.

The 57-year-old Carter, who just completed his second season as Palm Beach Atlantic University's baseball coach, announced May 21 that an MRI had revealed four small tumors on his brain.

After being diagnosed, Carter, perhaps best known for his contributions to the New York Mets' 1986 World Series-winning squad, said, "My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask you to please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition."

Carter, an 11-time All-Star, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003 after retiring in 1992 with the Montreal Expos. He finished his 19-year career with a .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs.

Ian Begley and Mike Mazzeo are regular contributors to ESPNNewYork.com.

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