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Gary Carter's brain tumors inoperable

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - The daughter of Hall of Fame catcher and Palm Beach Gardens resident Gary Carter announced that her father's malignant brain tumors are inoperable.

Doctors told the Carter family that they were "99 percent sure" that he has Stage 4 glioblastoma, an advanced form of brain cancer that is considered to be the most aggressive malignant tumor in humans.

"Dad's tumor is not operable since it is like a snake of tumors that are connected across the back of the brain," his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote in an online journal where she has been updating friends and family on Carter's condition. "The biggest tumor is on the left side of the brain."

Carter, 57, is the baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach; Bloemers is the softball coach.

She said his doctors at Duke University will seek non-surgical means of treatment.

"We are going for it, attacking it and doing all we can to shrink these tumors," Bloemers wrote of the doctors' plans.

Doctors last week had said that a preliminary biopsy of one of the four tumors on his brain indicated it was malignant.

Bloemers said the family expected to find out the "absolute/definite" prognosis Tuesday. Doctors discovered the four tumors during an MRI scan May 21.

One of his doctors is Henry Friedman, co-deputy director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. He was part of the team that operated on former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy in 2009.

Bloemers said Friedman would take an aggressive approach.

"(Dr. Friedman) explained that we are not fighting to prolong dad's life; instead, we are fighting to cure him completely," she wrote. "(Friedman) is encouraged that dad will be able to fight well because he is so young, strong and healthy."

Carter just finished his second season as coach of the Sailfish.

He spent 19 seasons in the major leagues, primarily with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, and played in 11 All-Star Games. He won three Gold Gloves and five Silver Slugger Awards and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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