"These are big, bad, ugly tumors. He has no chance of survival without the surgery," Dr. John Martinie revealed during this emotional and eye-opening new article from The Charlotte Observer.
One of the best-known names in NASCAR history, Robert Yates has certainly earned the respect and admiration of many involved in stock car racing and created an incredible legacy through all of his endeavors.
Back in October, Yates' son, Doug, shared the saddening news that his father had been diagnosed with liver cancer and was beginning treatment soon. Now, just a few months later, Yates is ramping up to go under the knife for a very serious surgery that doctors are saying is his only chance at survival.
The 73-year-old racing icon was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma, but the doctors say the surgery is expected to do wonders for him.
“His best chance is getting into the operating room and getting to the tumor," Dr. Martinie continued. "Then he will have a very, very good chance of being alive after five years."
Undergoing chemo and radiation, Yates has lost 65 pounds, but still has his fierce fighting spirit and is working with Dr. Martinie on a solution that could give him a much better chance of survival. The plan is to undergo a chemo and radiation schedule that will shrink the tumor small enough that they can remove it with surgery.
Yates is planning on having the surgery toward the beginning of March and is still on course to do that, so long as the cancer doesn't spread.
“So many people have cancer, so I’m always reminded that I’m not by myself,” Yates said. “But a friend asked me recently how tough having cancer was. You know what I told him? It’s tougher than winning the Daytona 500.”
We are keeping Robert Yates in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Watch his full video interview below.
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