Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray opened up in a recent interview with TSN to say that he has Stage 4 colon cancer with no hope for a cure at this time.
Doctors say that Senators GM Bryan Murray has lived with colon cancer for 7-10 years. As a result, the tumors have spread through his body to the point where there is no cure. Murray opened about that and more in a recent video interview with Michael Farber at TSN.
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“The word is we’ll keep doing chemo and, hopefully, reduce the tumors and the effect and I’ll get some time out of that,” Murray said. “There is no cure for me at this point.”
That’s heartbreaking news from one of the oldest names in the Murray family, whose roots run deep in the NHL. At 71 years old, Bryan Murray should be worrying about grandchildren and the hockey team that he’s helped run for nearly a decade, not this. Instead, his battle with cancer will be a part of the rest of his life.
“I didn’t have a colonoscopy which I should’ve had,” Murray said. “I don’t know why I didn’t. One of the comments that came back to me on a regular basis, ‘You’re healthy, you’re from a family that hasn’t had any disease whatsoever. We can maybe wait.’ But that’s also my fault in that I should’ve demanded or at least asked for. But like a lot of men do, we put it off.”
That’s a hard lesson to learn, but one that Murray hopes others will take to heart. So often we see a doctor’s visit as a quick ordeal to get in and get out, but cancer prevention is more important than treatment for many. Get yourself checked out, people. You never know what ailment is hiding in your body.
Despite the grim news, Murray was chipper about his goals going forward. He just wants to push back the tumors and stay alive for as long as he can.
“Let’s go to extra overtime and keep playing like the game we played against the Islanders many years ago and we went to four overtime periods,” Murray said. “Let’s just keep it going as long as we can, be as healthy as we can for that time, and enjoy what we have as we do it.”
We wish Bryan Murray and his family all the best in this trying time.
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