(Colo)-Bettis To Begin Chemo After Testicular Cancer
DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis is taking a break from baseball to undergo chemotherapy after discovering that his testicular cancer has spread. The team says he will under cancer treatment "over the next several weeks" in Arizona with no timetable for his return.
Bettis had a testicle removed Nov. 29 and had received a healthy 3-month prognosis following blood and tumor marker tests just 2 weeks ago, but says his oncologist found inflamed lymph nodes during a routine checkup last week.
A biopsy followed and Bettis says it showed "that my testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread, and I will begin a regimen of chemotherapy in the very near future."
Bettis says that while his blood tumor markers remain normal, "it's clear that I need to be aggressive in my fight against this illness. Without being proactive, we wouldn't have caught this. I am committed to beating this cancer."
Bettis, who turns 28 next month, was expected to be at or near the top of the Rockies' rotation this season after going 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 32 starts in 2016, his first full season as a starter.
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