Hall of Famer says he's free of can­cer.

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hall of Fame out­fielder Lou Brock says he is free of can­cer more than three months af­ter the 78-year-old St. Louis Car­di­nals great an­nounced he had been di­ag­nosed with a type of blood can­cer.

Brock said in a state­ment Fri­day that a doc­tor's di­ag­no­sis that he had con­quered mul­ti­ple myeloma was "the great­est news ever." He cred­ited God and thanked fam­ily, friends and fans for their sup­port, say­ing he re­mained hope­ful.

"My doc­tor in­formed me that I am can­cer free. The bat­tle against can­cer is not easy," Brock said. "With the power of Almighty God all things are pos­si­ble!"

Mul­ti­ple myeloma af­fects plasma cells, which make an­ti­bod­ies to fight in­fec­tion. More than 30,000 cases oc­cur each year in the United States, and more than 115,000 world­wide. It's the sec­ond fastest grow­ing can­cer for men and the third for women, ris­ing 2 to 3 per­cent per year, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Can­cer In­sti­tute. About 60,000 to 70,000 Amer­i­cans have it now.

Nine new drugs have been ap­proved for it since 2000 but they're not cures; only about half of U.S. pa­tients live five years af­ter di­ag­no­sis.

Brock's pre­vi­ous health is­sues have in­cluded hav­ing his left leg was am­pu­tated be­low the knee in Oc­to­ber 2015 be­cause of an in­fec­tion caused by com­pli­ca­tions with di­a­betes. He was di­ag­nosed with Type 2 di­a­betes more than 15 years ago and has worn a pros­the­sis since the am­pu­ta­tion to throw out the oc­ca­sional cer­e­mo­nial first pitch at Car­di­nals games.

Brock was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity in 1985 af­ter a 19-sea­son ca­reer dur­ing which he stole a Na­tional Lea­guere­cord 938 bases, in­clud­ing 118 in 1974. He had 3,023 hits and a life­time .293 av­er­age, be­com­ing a star af­ter a cel­e­brated trade from the Chicago Cubs in 1964 for pitcher Ernie Broglio.

Brock bat­ted .391 with four home runs and 10 steals in 21 World Se­ries games.

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