Chad Brown Has 10lb Tumor Removed From StomachFebruary 21, 2011 11:41 am
It has just been announced that poker pro Chad Brown is suffering from a rare form of cancer and recently underwent surgery to have a 10lb tumour removed from his abdomen.
The like-able poker player, presenter and actor has earnt in excess of $3.1 million from live tournaments since cashing in at his first event in 1993. Despite Brown having had many successes throughout his career, he will perhaps have a personal fondness for the 2006 Five-Star World Poker Classic, in which he finished 9th for $205,040.
Although not his biggest score to date, Brown did meet his future wife fellow poker pro Vanessa Rousso at the event. Rousso ended up finishing 7th in the same competition and, as she later recalled:
“Not a bad day for me. I won a quarter of a million dollars and met my future fiancée. Does it get any better than that?”
They have since gone on to become the most celebrated couple in poker and it was via Vanessa Rousso’s Twitter account the surprise news concerning her husband’s illness was made last Saturday. I say surprise because just over a week ago Chad was actually competing at a $1k rebuy event at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
After annoucing the details of her husbands cancer, Vanessa then wrote:
“Trying to remain upbeat n positive as we wait 4 final pathol. Report-due next week. We r currently focused on recovery from his major surgery…The cancer looks like sarcoma. 10Lb tumor was removed from the retroperitoneal area in his abdomen. Nothing sure till we get pathology report.”
Typically, if further treatments are required then radiation therapy and chemotherapy will be used with long-term survival rates ranging between 40% and 70%.
However, every case is different and we wish Chad and Vanessa all the best during this worrying time. In a positive sign, the day after his operation Chad seemed strong enough to write a short message on his Twitter account to friends and well-wishers, and stated:
“I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. It means a lot to me. We got through the 1st hurdle about as good as can be expected.”