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Steve Garvey Cancer Surgery: Dodgers ‘Iron Man’ Talks About Prostate Battle

Steve Garvey Cancer Surgery: Dodgers 'Iron Man' Talks About Prostate Battle

Steve Garvey’s cancer surgery has the former Dodgers first base great talking about his battle with prostate cancer. Steve Garvey is a 10-time All-Star and 1974 National League MVP whose efforts earned him the nickname the “Iron Man” for his record for most consecutive games played at 1,207.

In the fall of 2012, Steve Garvey had cancer surgery at the UCLA Medical Center in October after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Steve Garvey’s cancer surgery removed the gland and he has successfully been cancer free ever since. Steve Garvey now hopes to devote a considerable amount of his time to prostate cancer awareness.

Steve Garvey explained his motivation for supports prostate cancer awareness to the Los Angeles Times:

“I was thrown a pretty good curveball by God. I felt I was being challenged to work for prostate awareness for men and the women who love them.”

After his cancer surgery, Steve Garvey plans on selling his baseball memorabilia collection, including his 1974 NL MVP Award and 1981 World Series championship ring. Steve Garvey says he had been considering selling his collection “for a couple years, now,” but his cancer surgery gave an impetus for this decision. Steve Garvey said 70 percent of the proceeds would go toward prostate cancer awareness.

Steve Garvey talked to USA Today about selling his baseball memorabilia:

“I just thought that it’s all wonderful, but we’ve all looked at it for a long time and maybe it’s time to share it with others; and we have some projects we’re working on that we’d like to contribute to.”

The baseball collection auction in April is expected to bring in six figures apiece for some of the items. Steve Garvey said he is retaining some personal keepsakes to pass on to his children. His son Ryan, an outfielder with the Rockies, is scheduled to report to their minor league camp next week.

Steve Garvey’s cancer surgery has turned a scary situation into an opportunity to help others. What do you think about the former Dodgers star working for prostate cancer awareness?

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18 Responses to “Steve Garvey Cancer Surgery: Dodgers ‘Iron Man’ Talks About Prostate Battle”

  1. Chuck Pray

    I had the same surgery in July 2011, then a year of hormone therapy and 40 radiation treatments. Best of luck Steve, I grew up in Spokane , WA when the Indians were a AAA farm club for the Dodgers. Go Blue.

  2. Kathy Carlson

    Funny, when I think about Garvey, I don't think about baseball. I think of the way he cheated on his first wife and then treated her like… Karma, thanks for this one.

  3. Donald W. Grab

    good news! garvey was a great player and gentleman. of course kathy has to post about his cheating. come on married couples are cheating on each other all the time.

  4. Duane L Gourneau

    Good for Steve Garvey, God will give him back all and then some for selling his memorabilia.

  5. Alan Miller

    Temptations Singer Dies: Damon Harris Dead At 62 From Prostate Cancer.
    (The Inquisitr)
    Michael, I have been inclined to agree with you, but then evry once in awhile I see something like the headline above. You just never know….

  6. Jon Albanesius

    Best to get a second or third opinion before commiting to any treatment plan. Some men can employ watchful waiting but for others PCa can be aggressive and deadly if left untreated.

  7. Thomas Dudzik

    Yea still confused why pro team have 95% male employees but wear pink when they should be targeting Prostate cancer.wear blue

  8. Gary O Mcdaniel

    we all owe a Death,,,,,, this is one thing,, that, even you Dems will earn.

  9. Anonymous

    Interesting comment seeing that you dont even know the extent , type, grade and medical history. To state this….. is no more efficacious than doing the " do nothing approach" you must hold. First, your not his Dr.'s, second you do not know his case history. Third, you dont get to make that choice "Steve does" and no doubt in this situation Steve has a good medical team and has received 'options' which include do nothing. Having worked in Health Care for 20 years and having a close physician friend that is a top 10 urologist in the USA, I say let the physicians handle this one. Now, if you are a Dr., epidimiolgist, etiologist then state your case!

  10. Michael Lasalandra

    alan, there are some prostate cancers that are just aggressive and not much can be done. Ninety percent are not, and don't need treatment. Should we treat 100 percent of cases to try to save the few, knowing the treatment brings impotence and incontinence? Tough question. Im against treatment in most cases. Ive been writing about this for ten years — and avoiding treatment — and now most docs are starting to agree with me, but its been a long hard slog.

  11. Michael Lasalandra

    To Lynn – of course many men have had this surgery. Their doctors practically force them to have it. But few actually need it. And it brings with it side effects like impotence and incontinence. No, the men who have had the surgery won't tell you this. Who would want to admit that?

  12. Michael Lasalandra

    @jmacligget. I said at the outset that I would like to know the details of Garvey's cancer. But of course we will never know that. It is certainly possible he had a high grade cancer and treatment was the right course. But in most cases that is not the case. But it is usually a mistake to blindly accept your doctor's treatment recommendation when it comes to prostate cancer. Because most of them recommend treatment, usually the type of treatment they provide! It is always best to get a few opinions before doing anything including watching and waiting.

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