Gwynn says he’s doing ‘good’

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn said Tuesday that he’s doing
well seven months after revealing he has cancer in a salivary
gland.

Gwynn underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatment, and he
said his test results have come back OK.

”I’m doing good,” he said at Dodger Stadium, where he visited
his son Tony Jr., a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers. ”I plan on
being around here for a while.”

Gwynn will undergo another round of testing in a couple
weeks.

The 41-year-old former Padres outfielder recently wrapped up
another season as baseball coach at San Diego State. He said his
energy level was an issue early in the season, but he improved as
the season wore on.

In October, Gwynn announced he had cancer and he said he was
concerned that it could be linked to his career-long practice of
using chewing tobacco.

The cancer was diagnosed after Gwynn had a third round of
surgery since 1997 to remove a tumor on the parotid gland. The
previous procedures found no malignancies.

Gwynn resumed the practice of using chewing tobacco after the
first two surgeries, but he said he gave up the habit nine months
ago.

”That’s probably been the hardest thing I’ve had to deal
with,” he said. ”The cravings are still there. I’ve had to try to
fight them.”

He tried a tobaccoless product, which he described as ”just
awful.” Instead, he chews sunflower seeds and gum, and drinks a
lot of water.

”I have a pack of gum that’s got a thousand pieces in it in the
car,” he said. ”My taste buds aren’t completely back yet, so I’ve
got to deal with certain things.”

Gwynn said his thoughts are with Hall of Fame catcher Gary
Carter, who was diagnosed Tuesday with a malignant brain tumor
called a glioblastoma and will treat it with chemotherapy and
radiation.

”Very sad,” he said. ”That could have been me, sometimes
that’s how it works. You want him to be comfortable the rest of his
life and not have to worry about things. I hope that’ll be the
case.”