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"Phillies Coach Has Tumor Removed"
Phillies Coach Has Tumor Removed
By BILL MARSHALL, Associated Press Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Phillies third-base coach John Vukovich
underwent surgery Tuesday to remove part of a benign tumor from his
Doctors called the operation a success and said the 53-year-old
coach could be back at work in two or three weeks.
"He's cancer free," said Dr. David Andrews, a neurologist at
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who performed the 90-minute
Andrews anticipates that the remaining part of the tumor will
have "no impact" on Vukovich's ability to function.
Vukovich has been bothered by vision problems for two years and
by constant headaches since spring training. He had an MRI exam
Sunday and was admitted to the hospital Monday.
Doctors removed a small portion of a tumor more than a golf ball
in size. The rest of the tumor could not be removed because it is
lodged in brain tissue. If left untreated, the tumor could have
caused cognitive impairment, Andrews said.
Vukovich may have to take medication or undergo radiation to
control the growth of the tumor, which invaded two lobes of his
brain near the rear of the skull.
Vukovich was to stay in the intensive care unit overnight.
Doctors plan to monitor his progress every three months.
Marc Bombard, the manager of the team's Triple-A affiliate in
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, replaced Vukovich for the Phillies' series
at Houston that began Monday night.
Vukovich was among the finalists when the Phillies hired Bowa in
November to replace Terry Francona.
He is in his fifth season as the Phillies' third-base coach. He
has been a coach for the team since the 1988 season. He was a coach
for the Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1987.
Vukovich played parts of 10 seasons in the majors with the
Phillies, Brewers and Reds.
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