Cal Ripken Opens Up About Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Recovery

Thursday, August twenty, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5

Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. exposed Thursday he was diagnosed with prostate most cancers in February and has considering the fact that manufactured a entire restoration.

Speaking to WBAL-Tv 11’s Gerry Sandusky, Ripken stated the most cancers was detected all through a program checkup. He underwent surgical treatment in March at Johns Hopkins Medical center.

“It stops you in your tracks, for confident,” Ripken stated. I signify, as a kid, when you go back to the times when I was a kid and you read most cancers, it was a death sentence. It was the worst doable news you could listen to.”

Ripken, who turns 60 future week, underwent a biopsy, which led medical doctors to ascertain he experienced early-phase prostate most cancers. The news arrived in the early times of the coronavirus outbreak, leading Ripken to get the surgical treatment completed as shortly as doable, prior to hospitals could turn into overrun.

“It was an additional obstacle all through the total start out of COVID that I was diagnosed with prostate most cancers,” Ripken stated. “My (Prostate-Unique Antigen examination) was inside of the typical vary, it was just transferring a minor bit, and I was precautioned to go to a urologist and get checked and get a number of other assessments that led to a biopsy, and with the biopsy, all of a unexpected, you have the news that you have prostate most cancers.”

The five-calendar year relative survival level of prostate most cancers is ninety seven.eight%, according to the Countrywide Most cancers Institute. The broad the vast majority of cases are, like Ripken’s, localized. In these cases, the five-calendar year relative survival level is one hundred%.

Ripken stated he didn’t need radiation or chemotherapy.

“It was quite early in the course of action, and at the time, surgical treatment was the correct remedy, clearly, to do. It was correct at the time when hospitals ended up form of selecting whether they should really cease elected surgical procedures and all that form of stuff, and I was in a position to get the surgical treatment completed prior to all this happened. It was almost a whirlwind wherever you didn’t have time to actually think about it,” Ripken stated. “It was a wonderful ending, it was all contained in the prostate, it’s all absent. I am most cancers-free of charge and fundamentally resumed typical pursuits as you always did.”

He stated he is speaking up now to market the great importance of standard checkups and overcome stigma similar to the most cancers. He stated that early detection is crucial.

“I considered, it’s possible you can turn this kind of detrimental experience into a optimistic just one by encouraging persons to get their physicals — other men who are like me a minor bit who only go to he medical professional when they have indicators as opposed to acquiring standard checkups. I considered it would be an chance to turn a potential detrimental, everyday living-altering kind of minute into something that has a happy ending,” Ripken stated.

Ripken’s father, Cal Ripken Sr. died of lung most cancers in 1999. In other places in the Orioles spouse and children, outfielder Trey Mancini is battling colon most cancers.

“There’s a expressing that most men never die since of prostate most cancers, they die with it. It appears to be like it’s a typical occurrence that, as you are living and age, that’s what occurs, and ordinarily it’s dealt with,” Ripken stated. “But the remedies and diagnosing it early, there is been a great deal of development manufactured and it appears to be like it’s transferring all the time. So the concern that I experienced to start out with turned into hope, primarily when you get additional facts, and then you basically go by means of the experience and understand if you do capture it early, the prognosis is actually great. But if you never and have complications, it results in being a lot even worse.”

The Iron Gentleman retired in 2001 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, his very first calendar year of eligibility. He has remained shut to baseball as operator of the Aberdeen Ironbirds and co-operator of Ripken Baseball, which runs youth tournaments and camps. He has also contributed color commentary to TBS broadcasts.

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