1:15pm: Bettis spoke to the media, and the Denver Post’s Nick Groke writes that the right-hander gave good news on his prognosis — a roughly 90 percent rate of healthy recovery in cases similar to his own. Bettis says that “optimistically,” he’d be able to return to the baseball field as soon as this season.
12:29pm: Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis shared the frightening and unfortunate news today that the testicular cancer for which he underwent surgery earlier this offseason has unexpectedly spread. The 27-year-old’s full statement, which he shared on Twitter, reads as follows:
“During my routine health checkup last week, my oncologist believed that he had seen inflamed lymph nodes and ordered an immediate biopsy. I learned this week that my testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread, and I will begin a regimen of chemotherapy in the very near future. Although my blood tumor markers remain at normal levels, 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. My family and I are grateful for the support of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Rockies organization and you, the fans.”
While there are certainly baseball-related ramifications for the Rockies, the health and well-being of Bettis obviously takes priority. We at MLBTR extend our best wishes to Bettis and hope for a full recovery and, eventually, a return to the mound. Readers are encouraged to share their support and well wishes for Bettis and his family on Twitter.
Bettis had been slated to join Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chatwood in the Rockies’ 2017 rotation a year after logging a career 186 innings over the course of a career-best 32 starts.
good luck I hope this works
Well wishes to Chad as he fights for his health. Cancer is a wretched disease to anyone unfortunate enough to experience it firsthand or within their family. Prayers.
One of the best guys in baseball I have ever met. Went to a Rockies vs Marlins game only dude that signed and he was asking how everyone was doing and just came off as so genuine.Have only good things about this man, I really hope he can recover soon.
Well that’s terrible news.
Yikes, I hope they can help him. Good luck.
You have every baseball fans’ prayers and best wishes.
Prayers to you and your family…You will beat it!!
Seriously, what kind of POS downvotes a get-well-wish?
Was thinking the same. Guess someone really is anti-prayer or something. Too bad.
Maybe an accident?? no just noticed one on the one above too. Both mentioned prayer. Unfortunate. some one puts their agenda above some one else’s illness.. Very sad….
That’s some bullshit. I’m as atheist as anyone should be, but you don’t…EVER disrespect someone’s manner of sympathy for the fellow man. Not cool at all.
Wow, that is really unfortunate. There have been some nice gains in treatment over the past 4-5 years, but any time there is metastasizing present it is a scary road. Hoping for the best for Bettis.
Hope all is well
Dang, kid’s not even 30 yet. Best of luck and prayers to him and his family.
Sad to hear. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family. Hope he pulls through and has a speedy recovery.
Prayers for you and your family is this tough time.
All the best Chad…you can beat this.
That sucks. I’d be worried about the chemo though guy plays for the rockies if i were him I’d be looking into more natural remedies.
Getting cancer is one of my biggest fears and it saddens me so many people get it every day. I can’t even imagine the psychology and physical pain you’re coping with. Wish you a speedy recovery Chad
I had the exact same cancer that had spread throughout my body and survived. I started a foundation that sends kids with terminal illnesses to Disney after I survived. I don’t know you but I know you will beat this!!!!!
Wow that’s wonderful. I’m glad to hear you got into charity work after. We need more people like you in this world.
Thank you so much! We have sent 47 amazing children so far in 4 years.
Good on you, mate, nice work
Thanks so much!
that’s amazing! good work! glad you’re better now!
So sorry to hear. I wish only the best for him and his family
Cancer sucks. I survived something similar to what Bettis has (germ cell mediastinal mass) in my early 20’s and just want to send good thoughts his way.
I think your first sentence is the most succinct statement. Cancer does suck.
Chad, I wish you success in beating this. My wife is going through colon cancer and she is determined to beat it. I know that you will end up victorious as well in your fight. I am anxiously awaiting that triumphant day when you are back on the mound.
Very sad, but happy to hear about the 90% healthy recovery rate. You’ll be back playing again soon Chad. Good luck to you
I hate it man
God speed Chad. When you least expect it, cancer seems to hit your family. I have an immediate family member diagnosed. No symptoms for the cancer when it was detected but was being tested for a totally unrelated problem and found the cancer in the course of checking the original problem which in the scheme of things was nothing. Thank goodness it has not spread but still going to be a long road fighting. Wish this on no family, no matter who they are. Give it your best fight Chad!!!!
There has been cancer in my family also. This is bad news for the Rockies and even worse for Bettis.
Chad… I hope you get better I really do!
Good luck kid
Goodwill to you Chad, beat that bastards.
best of luck chad.. thoughts and prayers for you and your family
That’s terrible. Hoping for the best.
I lost my sister, and her three kids lost their mother at age 42 after cancer being found in her late thirties….it’s a terrible thing for the person and family to go through . One thing she taught me, is be strong and don’t let small stupid things bother you daily.
I wish him the best and full recovery from the heart!!!!!
Best news is he has caught this early. The therapy he will do is highly successful and he’ll probably be presented with optional trials that allows the patient to choose more aggressive therapies.Slug away at it Chad. You’ll have ups and downs but I’m confident you will beat this!