Dodgers' Butler Found To Have Throat Cancer; Faces Surgery

Posted: May 08, 1996

Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Brett Butler, who last year lost his mother to brain cancer, revealed yesterday that he has throat cancer and probably will not play again.

While undergoing a tonsillectomy last week in Atlanta, his hometown, a tumor the size of a plum was found in Butler's throat. A CAT scan yesterday revealed squamous cell carcinoma, and doctors will perform surgery May 21 to remove cancerous lymph nodes from the right side of Butler's neck.

Butler, 38, was given a 70 percent chance of recovery and will undergo six weeks of radiation treatment.

Butler, a born-again Christian, does not drink, smoke or chew tobacco.

``We have many friends in and out of baseball and this will come as a major shock,'' he said in a statement. `` . . . My wife and I would ask for your prayers for us and our children at this difficult time. We're not sure where this road will lead us, but we will try our best to keep you informed.''

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