A few months ago, Trey Mancini made a sudden and unexplained disappearance from camp. The team only said he was leaving for non-baseball related medical reasons. We knew he had surgery, and messages from teammates that talked about really putting things into perspective, were ominous to say the least. Today, Trey has decided to share the full story with the world, and it’s every bit as terrifying as anyone may have suspected. I highly encourage everyone to read the above linked article to hear from Trey in his own words.
I have Stage III colon cancer.
I started chemotherapy on April 13.
And I am so lucky.
As you all know, I’m a huge Orioles fan, always have, and always will be. Unfortunately the team hasn’t been very good in long time, and likely won’t be good for even longer. One of the few bright spots has been Trey Mancini. Something about him just resonated with me from day 1. I have been a big proponent of his for a long time. I had always heard rumors about how he was one of those guys who was not only a good player, but an even better person. It’s always difficult with players to determine if you like them because of their skills, or their personality, or just who they portray themselves to be.
My sisters aren’t the only ones I have to worry about. There’s a 13-year-old kid named Mo Gaba, who’s a really big fan of Baltimore sports. He and I have gotten to be friends the last couple of years. He’s had bouts with a few different types of cancer, and he’s blind and has a tough time getting around. But he also just has the best outlook on life that I’ve ever seen. During that tough year in 2018, I stayed back in Baltimore for the All-Star break so I could spend a day with him and his mom — took them to Dave & Buster’s to hang out and just have like a normal day.
Well, in March when I was in the hospital, Mo actually called me to see how I was doing. He told me that he was worried about me and wanted to make sure I was O.K.
The 13-year-old kid with cancer calling me to make sure I’m O.K.? It blew me away.
I couldn’t begin to imagine what it would be like to go through something so horribly scary as stage 3 colon cancer. To know you are facing chemo treatments every two weeks for the next 6 months. To not know when or if you will be able to return to the job you love so dearly. To have your entire world turned upside down. And to somehow to handle is all so well, keeping things into perspective among all the COVID madness that is going on in the world is just astounding to me.
I’m getting chemo at a hospital in Baltimore, and I have to drive up there alone. Nobody is allowed to come in with me, and that’s completely fine by me. I don’t want anybody else being put at risk — people that are close to me and that I love, and other people in the hospital. You just never know. COVID-19 has spread so quickly. I’m definitely trying to follow all the protocols, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because I don’t want to expose myself to anything, especially before going into chemotherapy.
We are all keeping you in our thoughts Trey. We are all still rooting for you as we have in the past. Only now we are rooting for different things. Get well soon and thank you for being an inspiration to so many.
8 thoughts on “Trey Mancini Announces Stage 3 Colon Cancer Diagnosis”
Oh god. There hasn’t been a day, or even half a day, that’s gone by since lockdown that I haven’t sobbed. Can’t we all just scream UNCLE at this point and have done?
This is just awful and I can only hope he recovers.
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You, too? It’s almost overwhelming sometimes.
Definitely hoping for the best for him. As if cancer wasn’t bad enough, chemo lowers resistance to infection and this makes one more vulnerable to COVID-19.
He won’t come back. If he survives, he’ll likely need a colostemy and he’s not gonna be able to play with that, even if he has the energy. Raysfan, the prognosis isn’t very good, is it?
Stage 3 means there has been regional spread… that’s not good, but it’s a lot better than stage 4/disseminated colon cancer. Overall 5 year survival for stage 3 is about 70%. For stage for it’s only 15%. (Stage 1 and 2 are over 90%.)
Regardless, I’d tell everyone that nobody’s future has been written…even the 15% for stage 4 means it’s not hopeless. Right now for him the thing is to get through chemo and stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also, a long-term colostomy isn’t a given either—that depends on how much colon has to be removed and the ability to make a viable anastomosis between the ends.
Doesn’t it also bode well that his cancer seems to have been caught incredibly early, and has access to some of the best medical care in the world?
While there’s no baseball to be played at the moment, DiRocco said that many people can continue to work through chemotherapy for colon cancer. Even without that possibility for Mancini, the treatment is “certainly not life-altering or permanently debilitating,” DiRocco said.
Bilchik said that all the baseball activity that Mancini hopes to get back to could actually help him get through the treatment and regain his health quickly.
“Many people with colon cancer who undergo surgery and chemotherapy, most people get back to normal activity,” Bilchik said. “Exercise, fitness all impact survival. It all impacts the ability to tolerate chemotherapy. People that are exercising and fit, eat well actually do better with chemotherapy and have better survival. There’s an excellent chance of getting back to normal function.”
Oh, wow. That’s rough. I recently lost an old classmate to cancer. The worst part about getting older is watching people die.