Stuart Scott's ESPY Acceptance Speech


On Wednesday 16 July 2014, ESPN's ESPY Awards aired.

This year, the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award was given to longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who has been battling cancer for the past seven years.

His acceptance speech is honest and moving and definitely worth watching.

Note: Scott was diagnosed in 2007 with appendiceal cancer, or cancer of the appendix. It was found when he underwent surgery for appendicitis. It is an understatement to say that his cancer is rare.

However, appendiceal cancer falls under the umbrella of gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors. There are foregut tumors, midgut tumors, and hindgut tumors, with midgut tumors-- and notably, where appendiceal cancer falls-- being the most common of the three anatomical locations.

Gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors like appendiceal cancer are considered indolent cancers. They grow slowly. In fact, often when cancer is found in the appendix it has a benign clinical course and does not metastasize, or spread.

At least two molecular tumor markers, found in high concentrations, have been associated with poor outcomes in these tumors. Otherwise, determining prognosis in patients with these carcinoid tumors is extremely difficult.

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