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Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan has treatable form of cancer in neck

On Monday the Minnesota Twins learned that their general manager Terry Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer in his neck. It is said to be treatable.

Ryan issued the following statement (courtesy of the Twins’ website):

“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.”

Ryan started his second stint in the Twins’ front office in 2011; prior to that he was the general manager from 1994-2007. On behalf of all of us at FanSided, we wish Ryan well in his treatment and recovery.

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