Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan announced Monday he is being treated for squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer.
During a routine physical, team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni detected a lump in his neck which was later diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma but Ryan said he's optimistic about a quick recovery.
"Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread to other regions of my body," Ryan said in a news release. He is being treated at the Mayo Clinic.
Assistant general manager Rob Antony, director of player personnel Mike Radcliff and manager Ron Gardenhire will lead the team while Ryan works to recover.
"It's my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible," he said.
Ryan hails from Janesville, Wis. and after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979, he was hired as a scout for the New York Mets in 1980 and spent six seasons there before he was hired as scouting director for the Twins in 1986. He was later promoted to vice president and player personnel director under then-general manager Andy MacPhail. When MacPhail left for the Cubs, Ryan was named general manager in Sept. 1994 and served until 2007 and again from Nov. 2011 to present.
The Twins will commence Spring Training next week in Ft. Myers, Fla. but Ryan said he will not attend.
STATEMENT FROM TERRY RYAN
"As the Minnesota Twins prepare to open Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL, I felt it was important to take this opportunity to share information surrounding my personal health.
During the course of a routine annual physical, Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni detected a lump in my neck which required further review. A subsequent biopsy confirmed the lump was cancerous, leading to an official medical diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread to other regions of my body.
At the direction of Dr. Eyunni, I am currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic as well as Minnesota Oncology. I've been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future.
Understanding the need to focus on treatment and recovery, I will not be in Fort Myers as we commence Spring Training. That said, I'm highly confident in the proven leadership of our baseball operations team including Rob Antony, Mike Radcliff, Ron Gardenhire and others as we collectively prepare for the 2014 Major League season.
Lastly, my family and I would like to say thank you to Dr. Eyunni as well as the doctors and medical staff at the Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Oncology. In addition, we are grateful for the many friends and colleagues who have sent their well wishes and support throughout this challenging time. It's my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible."