Gwynn feeling better after cancer treatments

By Bailey Stephens
Updated: January 10, 2011

SAN DIEGO — Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has finished an eight-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments and is planning to return to his coaching role at San Diego State this spring, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday.

“Everything is going great,” Gwynn told the Union Tribune. “I don’t have an exact answer yet where I stand with the cancer. I can’t say I’m cured. I have an MRI and a CT scan planned for sometime next week. But I feel good and my doctors tell me they think I’m ahead of schedule.

“And I’ve been walking on my own for about a month now.”

Gwynn, 50, was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland in August.

After surgery to remove the affected lymph nodes in August, Gwynn began the treatments in October and finished just before the holidays.

Complicating the situation, Gwynn had also been dealing with recurring back problems that made walking difficult.

“I was in bad shape,” Gwynn told the Union-Tribune. “Not only was I dealing with the cancer, I was having to use a walker to get around and I wasn’t doing a great job of that.”

A separate rehab program for his back has Gwynn on the mend.

In addition to his coaching duties, Gwynn also plans to return as an analyst for the Padres this season. For now, the former batting champ is working to build up his stamina for the season ahead.

“I hope to go back to work when school resumes on Jan. 20,” Gwynn said.

“Every once in a while I do too much and get tired. I don’t think I’m going to have a problem coaching. I’m working hard at getting ready.”