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Rockies’ Chad Bettis will undergo additional chemotherapy after cancer spread

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Bettis was made aware this week of the need for additional treatment.

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Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis’ testicular cancer has spread, and he will be starting chemotherapy in the near future, according to an update that he posted today. A biopsy ordered during his most recent check-up revealed the spread.

According to a statement released by the Rockies, Bettis will stay in Arizona for the next few weeks to undergo treatment.

Bettis’ initial diagnosis of testicular cancer was first reported by ESPN on Dec. 14, when it was revealed that he had undergone surgery to have one of his testicles removed in late November. At the time, the surgeon working with Bettis was confident that the operation would prevent the spread of the cancer. His initial follow-ups were clear and the hope was that they had prevented the spread. Bettis was declared cancer free on Dec. 22.

The 27-year-old right-hander has made one appearance this spring, striking out two batters and allowing one run in two strong-looking innings last Sunday against the Brewers.

On behalf of the entire Purple Row staff, our thoughts are with Chad and his family, and we stand with him as he continues his fight with cancer.