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Old 10-08-2007, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Leafs' Blake has rare form of leukemia

Jason Blake

TSN.ca Staff
10/8/2007 11:25:06 AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Monday that forward Jason Blake is battling a rare form of leukemia.
"This morning I shared with my teammates news that I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia," Blake said on the team's website. "It is highly-treatable, and I have begun taking a pill on a daily basis that has proven to be very effective in controlling this cancer. The prognosis, and certainly the expectations of my physician, myself and my family, is that I will live a long, full and normal life. This situation will not impact my ability to live my life as I otherwise would, and will not affect my ability to perform at my highest level for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I'm looking forward to my first season with the Leafs and helping our club compete for the Stanley Cup."
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is an uncommon type of cancer of the blood cells.

It's considered chronic leukemia because it usually progresses more slowly than acute leukemia, sometimes over the course of years.
CML is not a solid tumor that can be surgically removed, but the prognosis for people with chronic myelogenous leukemia may be improving because of new medications to treat the condition. Although a bone marrow transplant may still be an option, many people with chronic myelogenous leukemia are able to manage their condition long term with the use of chemotherapy-like pills.
Toronto signed Jason Blake to a $20 million, five-year contract on July 1. The four-time 20-goal scorer finished with career highs in goals and points (69) while playing all 82 games with the New York Islanders last season.

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hard to digest at this point. Hopefully some more news comes out in the following days.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You beat me by one minute with this breaking news!

I just heard it on NHL Live radio. What a bummer. Hope he recovers quickly.

Sorry Leafs, big blow to the team.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think many people expect things like this to happen.

Hopefully Jason Blake has a speedy recovery, and can continue to live his life as normally as possible.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When I switched on Hockey at Noon it took me 10 minutes to see who they were talking about.
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Unreal...However the article I read was pretty positive about his condition which at this point is certainly welcomed news.

My personal best to he and his. Terrible for him and his family.

What is it about hockey players getting cancer and beating it? Not that Blake is out of the woods just yet but I reiterate that the Dr. said he wouldn't even miss time at this point. Makes me wonder. You take Mario and Koivu into consideration and I can't help but wonder if it has something to do with the adrenalin these players have pumping through their systems regularly. Perhaps it has positive effects where cancer is concerned. Or, their incredible health has more to do with it. ANyway, just a thought/question.

Again, get well soon Blaker!

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Shocking news, however this has a high cure rate and he will continue playing throughout the treatmeant.
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Two diagnoses of cancer within the NHL community and both them are highly treatable? Blake and Kessel truely are lucky.

Luckily for Blake, his form is highly treatable, and it doesn't seem he will miss too much playing time, if any at all. Hopefully he'll have a speedy recovery.
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I heard this when I got home around 2:45 today from school.

At least they know it is treatable. Hopefully he gets better
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This really sucks but there is a good chance he'll come out on top.This must be a hard time for Jason and his family and my thoughts and prayers are with him that he'll have a full recovery.

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If this guy isn't goin to miss any playing time, he's either an incredibly healthy human being, or his treatment is so light in shouldn't even be called cancer treatment. It should be called cancer condition improvement.

I've had three people out of four in my house undergo cancer treatment. I've been witness to it all, and it is severe treatment to help even the smallest cancer conditions. Those drugs will literally bed you.
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