Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall will undergo surgery for prostate cancer next week after he was diagnosed in September. Hall is set to have the operation on Nov. 8.
Hall said at the time he was diagnosed on Sept. 18 that the disease was caught early.
I was informed by my doctor while in San Diego with the team Saturday, he said in a statement. I am fortunate the disease was caught in the early stages and expect a full recovery. in late September
Hall had a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and a prostate biopsy, and the biopsy showed cancerous tumors, according to a statement. The biopsy was performed on Sept. 14 and cancerous tumors were found.
Inspiringly, Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick survived prostate cancer.
I was stunned when Derrick notified me of his situation but from our conversations, I know he has the right mindset to conquer it, Kendrick said in a statement soon after he found out that Hall was diagnosed. As a prostate cancer survivor, I fully understand the impact this may have on one's state of mind and family. Derrick and his family have our full support throughout this process.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in men. The CDC also reports that 223,307 men in the U.S. were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, and 29,093 men in the U.S. died from it that year.
Hall became the Diamondbacks' president in September 2006 and then CEO in January 2009.
He previously worked for parts of 12 seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, joining the organization's Single-A Florida State League affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla. in 1992 and departing as the club's senior vice president of communications in 2004.