Thursday marked a day in John Farrell’s cancer fight that all cancer patients long for. Farrell received the news from Dr. Jeremy Abramson that after Positron Emission Tomography scan came back clean, his cancer was in remission.
Farrell spoke about the waiting period after the scan, describing those 24 hours as a mix of “uneasiness and anxiety.” He also commented on how hearing his cancer of remission was such a relief, after the anxious waiting period and the fight he had been through.
John Farrell was diagnosed with stage one lymphoma in August 2015 and soon after announcing this he left the Red Sox to begin chemotherapy treatment. When he made the announcement he stated that his treatment would last roughly nine weeks and he was expecting himself to return to the Red Sox as their manager in 2016.
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Due to the aggressive nature of the cancer cells in his body, Farrell was treated with a course of chemotherapy in around eight weeks that would normally be administered over the course of six months.
The rushed treatment was planned out by the aforementioned Dr. Abramson and it seems to have worked as the manager’s cancer entered remission. Farrell never had a doubt about Dr. Abramson or his plan as he said:
“There were no surprises, he’s an incredibly intelligent and talented physician. Everything he described played out to a T."
With one hurdle jumped, Farrell looks forward to the next one. While he will start managing the team in 2016, Farrell’s duties as the manager are going to begin soon.
On Saturday, he’ll make his was to Arizona for organizational meetings with members of the new Red Sox front office. Neither president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski nor general manager Mike Hazen had these posts when Farrell was originally diagnosed as the Red Sox have done some serious remodeling since August.
Farrell spoke about his battle with cancer taught him a lot, gave him time to reflect. He talked about how the little things start to matter more and that this experience helped him slow down and “take a personal inventory” to see what truly matters to him. Farrell added in,
“This in some ways, in many ways, has been a life-changing event. There’s no doubt about it."
Of course, remission doesn’t mean that Farrell has beat cancer and has crossed the finish line. He has definitely made a few leaps and jumped over many hurdles to reach where he has. Farrell is aware of the scans every three months and the close monitoring that will follow in the future, but he isn’t letting that bring him down. In fact, Farrell is confident that each day is a step closer to beating cancer once and for all with a cure. Farrell said,
“What I’ve come to understand, is the difference between remission and cure is a matter of time. With each passing scan that likelihood and probability of cure continues to grow.
“There’s a high level of confidence that will be achieved, based on history, based on my individual case, so I’m very confident that ultimate cure status will be achieved."
We wish John Farrell the best of luck and the best health moving forward!