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.”