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Darren Daulton diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer

Jul 10, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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Awful news for the former Phillies catcher. From

Former Phillie Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The news comes just over a week after Daulton had surgery to remove two tumors in his brain.

Just read the prognosis info on the Wikipedia page for glioblastoma. Hoping that, like so much other stuff on Wikipedia, it’s in error.

(thanks to Utley’s Hair for the heads up)


  1. Stacey - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Yeah, that’s a very aggressive type of cancer. Most people are gone within months, sometimes as little as four weeks. So scary.

  2. Utley's Hair - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    We’re pulling for you, Dutch!! Here’s hoping you beat this.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      In trying not to overreact, whoever thumbs down something like this, is kind of a jerk. Putting it lightly.

      Thoughts to Dutch and his family. Miracles happen every day.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        It just speaks to the caliber of posters on here these days. But I’m trying to think positively for Dutch and his family.

      • supersnappy - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        I’m hoping people are using thumbs-down to indicate they are saddened by the news, and not as a criticism of the comments (I don’t think they are, but its the only reason I can think of to use it here). Here’s hoping Daulton and his family can comfort one another in the days to come

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        I’m with you Hair, Dutch was a part of my childhood and has been a great listen on the radio. I have friends that have met him and he’s been nothing but gracious by all accounts.

        It’s a real shame the folk or folks doing this tired thumbs down routine won’t come out and explain their point of view. Clear it up for some of us. There is a variety of different people with different viewpoints that contribute commentary here. It’s an open forum. Everyone gets ripped here from time to time. Well, that’s life.

        Hiding behind a screen without explaining a view point when you go out of you’re way to publicly disapprove of someone well wishing a person facing possible death, is something I can’t wrap my head around.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        I find it somewhat comical how there are 58 thumbs downs (to this point, anyway) on my original comment. These people really are something special.

      • hittfamily - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Some cowardly asshole did it the other day for the kid who spent time for Bryce Harper post. Really pissed me off then, and pisses me off now.

    • indaburg - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Just ignore, Utley. It just demonstrates what a useless and meaningless “function” the thumbs feature is.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        I used to use them to get some semblance of an idea as to whether people agreed with me or not, but I haven’t in a long time. For one, the fraternity of commenters that used to visit HBT has been usurped by a much less civil mob of basement dwelling mouth breathers. Secondly, for a majority of the posters, I don’t really give a rat’s a$$ what they think. Besides, the ones I do care what they think, I know they’ll say something rather than use the thumbs.

      • Bob Loblaw - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        That’s the biggest point, UH. People who hide behind the thumbs are wussies. That’s why, as the leader of all-time thumbs downs in posting history, I never cared one but about what reaction I would get. I am always honest and always shoot from the hip.

        I have a foul ball my late brother caught from the ’93 series signed by Daulton, Dykstra, and Fregosi. Dutch is one of my favorites. He’s been a little weird for a while, but I grew to love the Schtick. I hope we get to hear more of it on the fanatic.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        I think the N.Koreans are hacking this page.

  3. mnfan2013 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    thoughts & prayers to the Daulton family . my grandmother died of brain cancer . its a very difficult time in my family as well . and one hell of a ball player !

  4. gammagammahey - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Gary Carter had glioblastoma too. I hope Daulton has a better prognosis than he did.

    • CliffC - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      As did Bobby Murcer. Not to be a downer but there is really only one prognosis with this fucker

    • indaburg - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      Tug McGraw had it too.

  5. CliffC - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    It’s not an error. It’s a death sentence. From Personal experience as the poster above me said it can take as little as a month, i saw it first hand, not an exaggeration at all. Fuck cancer

    The Chris Elliott fund (not that Chris Elliott) does good work for glioblastoma

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      This is a bummer. It is a very aggressive form of cancer. Time of diagnosis to death is usually 18 months. There’s very little that medicine can do at this time. However, it’s not a total death sentence. There is a 5 year survival rate of about 4%, so there is definitely hope, and I would love to see him beat this.

      • CliffC - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        The 4% 5 year diagnosis is under 50 (which he is probably right around) and a very successful surgery. The doctor sounded upbeat so who knows, but this is the worst possible thing he could have asked for. People can live for 50 years with certain types of tumors, not this one.

        As we were pretty much told, hope for the best but expect the worst

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Your last sentence is pretty much the right attitude on this one. Hope for the best but expect the worst. I just wanted to put it out there that some people can and do survive, and when you’re facing something as tough as glioblastoma, you have to focus on those success stories, even if they are few.

    • indaburg - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      My dad died in two months from time of diagnosis from glioblastoma mutilform. I agree. Fuck cancer, cancer’s mother, and cancer’s entire family. Stole my first dog, my sweet granny, and my best friend–my father AND his dog too.

      Dr. Henry Friedman also does excellent work on glioblastoma, at Duke University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center. He’s on the forefront of cutting edge research. He treated both Tug McGraw and Gary Carter. I have had the pleasure of talking to the good doctor personally–he almost treated my dad until he was deemed to unstable to travel to North Carolina due to post-surgical complications. He’s the one who made me realize quality of life was more important than quantity. He is the rare honest doctor. Sadly, Wikipedia is probably optimistic in its life expectancy.

      I wish the best of luck to Daulton and his family. I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone. Fortunately for him, the disease will rob him of much awareness and he will not suffer much or be in pain. The brain doesn’t have pain receptors. Sadly for his loved ones, they are going to see Daulton’s spirit and essence die long before his body does.

  6. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I read the two tumors were inoperable and they were both removed. Now I read that he’s got the worst form of cancer, I hope…well obviously, I hope he’s one of the 4% who survive a few years, but, short of that I just hope for some more good times for him.

    Right on. Fight on.

  7. pjmitch - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Who are the morons that keep giving thumbs down to any of these comments? Give me a freaking break!

    I guess I will get some now.

  8. therealtrenches - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Wow…this is very sad. I agree: fuck cancer. Hang tough, Dutch.

  9. sgtr0c - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Good luck, Dutch!

  10. jwbiii - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    My sister died of gliobastoma in 2005. Has it really been eight years? My prayers go out to his family and all those who care for him. Those last few months are going to be really hard. Be strong.

    • CliffC - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      You post here around the time Gary carter passed and mention your sister? I remember someone saying their sister died of it around that time and I rarely post here

      Either way, sorry for your loss and I know first hand what you went through

      • jwbiii - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Probably me. I honestly don’t remember, but that sounds like something I would have done.

        I am also sorry for your loss. Watching loved ones die and then burying them sucks.

  11. padraighansen - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Memo to all of those fucking cowards with fake screen names sitting at their computers with their tool in one hand while they repeatedly click thumbs down on somebody’s Dad, brother, son, friend, teammate, etc. trying to beat cancer: Go fuck yourselves, you pathetic pieces of human shit. Fucking assholes.

  12. hojo20 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Brain cancer seems like a death sentence. Let’s hope Daulton doesn’t suffer too much.

  13. jaybyrd99 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Just horrible news. Best of everything to dutch and his family.

  14. girlsknowsportstoo - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    My family has been rocked by this disgusting disease. I too grew up with Daulton, Tugger, and Vuc…my Phillies family is also getting slammed. All great tough leaders. Positive thoughts and attitude…my thoughts are with you DD.

    • hank10 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Heard a discussion on WIP last week whether playing at The Vet had any role in these brain tumors. Talk centered on how delivery trucks and vans would enter the bowels of the stadium to unload and keep their engines on and spewing exhaust fumes all through the lower corridors. The loading docks and entrances were near the players’ entrance to the clubhouse and facilities.

      • CliffC - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM


  15. dukepatrol - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    There are assholes everywhere,but when it happens to someone in their family then it”s a whole other story.
    Prayers and healing vibes to DD

  16. hank10 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Why go wiki when this would do:

    • jwbiii - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Thank you for posting that, hank. I see a number of drugs which were approved after 2004, when my sister was diagnosed. Maybe the odds are a little better these days. We can only hope.

      • indaburg - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        The odds have not improved. My father died in 2011 from glioblastoma multiforme. I am also a nurse, so I know a little more about the body than the average layperson, although I am by no means a neuroscience expert. The problem is that the brain has something called the blood-brain barrier. Because of this barrier, the brain is remarkably resistant to most chemotherapy drugs. The brain, rather smartly, recognizes that chemo is a poison, and in at effort to protect itself, does not allow it in. Of course, this is an oversimplification. The biology behind it is complicated, but you get the idea.

        The key to the very few who have a long term positive prognosis: surgical resection of 99% or greater of the tumor. Usually, this is impossible. The tumor is either too large, or it is affecting vital areas of the brain. Removal would result in either death or such poor quality of life, that the risk is not worth it.

  17. pkswally024 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    This makes me incredibly sad.. One of my childhood heroes..

  18. weena1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    God Bless you Dutch. I grew up with my Phillies and I know this guy is a really decent person, on and off the field. If you thumbs down people are thumbing down because this news really sucks I agree. But if you are doing this for any other reason I hope that every tooth in your mouth falls out, except for one, and in that tooth you should get a huge painful cavity. Oh, and the friggin crabs too you pieces of shit assholes. You should have your asses kicked too. We love you Dutch.

  19. ChandlerMc - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Sad news about the Captain of Macho Row. I grew up during the mostly down years of the mid-late 80s. Those ’93 Phillies won the hearts of baseball fans everywhere and beating the Braves in the NLCS was the penultimate moment. Dutch was the face of that franchise and I was thrilled to see him win a ring with the ’97 Marlins. In recent years I made a point to listen to him on 97.5 The Fanatic and he always treated fans and callers with respect and class. He is a one-of-a-kind personality. I’m not one to pray all that much but I’m praying (and raising a glass) for Dutch.

  20. Walk - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    God bless you dutch, sadly my prayer list gets longer every day.

  21. wellnesstidbits - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I hope someone in Darren’s family sees this: As a biochemist I have ovbious interest in Research as it my business. This information impressed me and Darren’s family should follow up on this at Emory University. Who knows where it may lead

    Good luck Darren!

    • sethjl - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      This seems a little like Avastin (I don’t know how to spell the generic term), which is a VEGF inhibitor being used at the Mayo Clinic to treat certain types of brain cancers. I don’t know if glioblastoma is one of them, but it seems like the same or a similar concept.

  22. imacrazyoldlady - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I am terribly sorry to hear this. My Mom lived 7 weeks after being diagnosed with the exact same thing. They gave her 2 weeks to 9 months. It went so, so fast. Unbearably awful. My heart goes out to the family, friends and fans. We used Hospice, and I cannot say enough about those wonderful people. These folks are amazing and so very kindhearted.

  23. sethjl - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I’m sorry to say Craig that what you read is not an error. GBMs are pretty much the worst thing imaginable. I’ve known a few people who had one, and the prognosis is dead on. This is what Ted Kennedy had. Dutch was a part of my childhood and he’s a great guy. Really accessible and approachable at 97.5 FM events. This really is a terrible turn of events and he’ll be in my thoughts.

  24. polonelmeagrejr - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I’m also afflicxted with glioblastoma. I was diagnosed and operated on about 17months ago – thus putting me on borrowed time. Most days have been pretty good (even with a death sentence hanging over me.) I don’t reallly expect to recover from this but I do expect to have a meaningful life in the time left to me. GOod luck, Mr. Daulton. So far, I’ve taken advantage of my time to get at peace with everyone who is important to me.

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