Tony Parrish Undergoes Surgery
April 27 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
The 49ers were expecting everything to be status quo when they opened their mini-camp on Friday. But after going through each players physical last week, the team discovered a growth on one of Tony Parrish's testicles. Parrish is in his first year with the team, after signing as a free agent to replace Lance Schulters.
Parrish has since undergone surgery to have the testicle removed and doctors did say that Parrish would not have to undergo any radiation or chemotherapy. Parrish has already begun to resume working out.
Parrish has later announced that the tumor was benign. "It's one of those things where if my groin had healed up, I wouldn't have known about the tumor," added Parrish. "I feel very bless that I was able to have the issue taken care of. I should be back in two weeks with no follow up treatment. No chemo. No radiation." The MRI that Parrish underwent was for a strained groin from last season.
Testicular cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of the disease. It is the largest killer of men per year, which is especially sad considering how easily it is treated when caught early. The surgical process is very much like hernia surgery, and typically patients re-gain full mobility after a week. It can take up to a year for the patient to stop feeling tightness in their lower abdomen after the procedure.
I have a friend who underwent the surgery two years ago, and God willing is perfectly fine today. My hopes and prayers are extended to Parrish for a full, and speedy recovery.
"We are all relieved for Tony that the test came back negative," said Steve Mariucci. " This is one of those things that is bigger than football and we are all grateful for the good news"
Ronnie Heard has taken over Parrish's spot in the starting line up during mini-camp.