D-backs' Hall gets clean bill of health after cancer scare
FEB 25, 2014 5:05p ET
Hall, 45, had his cancerous prostate removed in November of 2011 and has been a visible public advocate for preventative screening. During the same time frame that Hall had his prostate removed, his father, Larry, died following a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Hall told mlb.com's Barry Bloom that he suffered from acute abdominal pain last year and was advised by doctors in Phoenix that he had pancreatitis, a disease that can be a precursor of cancer. Because of his family's medical history, the doctors advised further testing with specialists in Seattle, and after a rigorous battery of tests, Hall learned that he'd checked out clean, including no sign of pancreatitis.
"It's a huge relief to know that I'm OK," Hall told Bloom. "I was a mess. I was waking up every morning scared, horrified, frightened, all the words that you could use to describe all those feelings. ...
"We'll check again in a couple of years, but I can breathe easy now for a couple of years. The anxiety, though, will come back. I go every four months for (prostate cancer) blood tests. There's a period of anxiousness and anxiety. It's something we're going to have to live with."