Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Rumors: Kessel has testicular cancer

According to the Boston Globe and CBS 4 in Boston, the mysterious medical issue hounding Phil Kessel may be testicular cancer. The Boston Globe was unable to get confirmation from Peter Chiarelli on the matter.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, when reached by the Globe at approximately 9 p.m., dismissed the notion that Kessel's issues were drug- or alcohol-related, but when asked if he cared to address whether Kessel had been diagnosed with either testicular cancer or depression, Chiarelli offered only, "No, I don't."
Wow. Assuming the testicular cancer rumors are true, that's a big one. First of all, any time you mention the "C" word, it's always a scare no matter how treatable it is. Second, as a male, you never want any kind of illness in that area "down thar" ever. Especially if it could result in the removal of any parts of that said area. A buddy of mine had a scare in high school when he found a lump on one of his testes, resulting in it's removal. Fortunately, the growth was benign and he's been able to father two kids since, but still. That's one of those things that make me cringe when I think of it.

That being said, the positive is that it is highly treatable when detected early. The hope is that it was detected early and that having a full medical staff at his disposal only further helped Kessel's case.

Right now, a return to the ice is an afterthought. You hope it's soon, but Phil's got bigger things to worry about. My prayers are with him.

If anyone out there has had testicular cancer or knows someone who did, please chime in.

Note: A big thanks to number4bobbyorr who tipped GotG off last night on the comments field of another post.

TSN is reporting that Kessel has underwent cancer surgey. Phil's agent, Wade Arnott, did not name the type of cancer, but said he is resting in Boston.

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Blogger jimbuff said...

Last year my brother was diagnosed with tecticular cancer. He had his left nugget removed and was laid up for about 3 months (could not work and slow to move around). He was told this was about normal for recuperation time and has since led a normal pain free active life.
Lets hope that whatever Phil has it is not serious and he is ok in no time.
Remember that there are bigger things than playing hockey - lets all wish him good health first and see what happens after that.

10:56 a.m., December 12, 2006  

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