Darren Daulton Officially Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

I’m not sure this comes as any surprise given the fact that Darren Daulton had two brain tumors removed last week, but here’s the official statement from 97.5 The Fanatic:

Darren has been diagnosed with a Glioblastoma (“GBM”), a form of brain cancer. He has returned to his Clearwater area home to continue recuperating amongst his immediate family and friends. He will eventually begin treatments in Florida. Darren and his family wish to thank everyone for their loving support throughout this difficult time. He is deeply touched. In typical fashion, he again said, “Right on; Fight on.” Darren and his family request that everyone respect his privacy and that of his family during this period of time. At his urging, I can report that the September 9, 2013 golf tournament that benefits the Foundation will continue as planned.

More details are forthcoming as Darren has requested that we keep his friends and fans periodically updated.

The American Brain Tumor Association’s website describes GBM thusly:

Glioblastomas are tumors that arise from astrocytes—the star-shaped cells that make up the “glue-like,” or supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant (cancerous) because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels.

Glioblastoma can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells. Some cells may respond well to certain therapies, while others may not be affected at all. This is why the treatment plan for glioblastoma may combine several approaches.

The first step in treating glioblastoma is a procedure to make a diagnosis, relieve pressure on the brain, and safely remove as much tumor as possible through surgery. Because gliblastomas have finger-like tentacles, they are very difficult to completely remove. This is particularly true when they are growing near the parts of the brain that control important functions such as language and coordination.

Prognosis is usually reported in years of “median survival.” Median survival is the time at which an equal number of patients do better and an equal number of patients do worse. With standard treatment, median survival for adults with an anaplastic astrocytoma is about two to three years. For adults with more aggressive glioblastoma, treated with concurrent temozolamide and radiation therapy, median survival is about 14.6 months and two-year survival is 30%. However, a 2009 study reported that almost 10% of patients with glioblastoma may live five years or longer.

Not good news.


  1. Horrible news :( My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. He was always one of my favorite players growing up.

  2. Terrible news.

    Will be praying for Darren and his family.

  3. ThePhillyFlash

    July 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Damn! What a shame! Well, I’ll certainly be rooting for Dutch to beat this devil!

    • You’re right, cancer is the god damn devil, and call me a conspiracy theorist but they would have this shit cured already if it wasn’t the biggest money maker in the world.
      Give a false positive on a cancer test for every world leader and see how fast a cure is found. Such bullshit.

    • There is no beating glioblastoma

  4. Terrible hearing this news. Great guy who loved his fans. Especially at the watering holes.

    – in lighter news Kyle needs to post some pics of that philly august playmate?!?!

  5. This is a crusher. Thoughts go out to Dutch and his family. Right on Fight on Dutch

  6. Damn, this really sucks.

  7. Glioblastoma is the god damn motherfucking worst. This coming from someone who saw a family member die less than a month after being diagnosed with brain tumors (surgery was not successful), which we later found out was glioblastoma. Dudes family has a really tough road ahead. In all seriousness a year would be good news. Think Gary Carter made it about 18 months.

  8. Keith Hernandez's Coke Dealer back in the 80s

    July 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Fuck dutch will depart the same way Gary Carter died. Tough road ahead. Prayers are with Dutch. Right on- fight on

  9. Janis Rittenhouse

    July 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Prayers to you and your family Dutch ❤❤❤

  10. Tugger, Vuk and now Dutch. Daulton is a young guy too. He’s only 51.

  11. This breaks my heart! I don’t even know what to say. So young and so sad!

  12. Wonder if the vet has anything to do with all these ex Phils dying of brain cancer

    • ThePhillyFlash

      July 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Good question. The Vet was built in the late 60’s, and Lord only knows what sort of cancer causing chemicals or materials (asbestos?) were involved in its construction, stuff that nobody knew about back then, especially in terms of how it might have affected people.

      • Missanelli was talking about this the other week.

        He didn’t mention the building materials (though I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn there was some bad shit in them), but he was talking about the fumes. All those corridors that weren’t very wide and were not ventilated. You had vehicles running through there all the time, and they said for an hour after a vehicle came through, the smell was overpowering. Inhaling those concentrated fumes, daily, for months out of the year can’t be good for you.

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