Stuart Scott: Lived, Lived and Fought Like Hell

Stomach Cancer battle ends ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scotts life

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Robert Carlson, M.D Beth Bolt, RPh

(RxWiki News) After a long battle with cancer, ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday.

Scott, 49, has been an on-air anchor for ESPN for the last 21 years. His battle with cancer began in 2007 when he felt ill while hosting ESPN's "Monday Night Football" and was diagnosed with stomach cancer that year.

"When you die, that does not mean you lose to cancer," Scott said in his acceptance speech after receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance award last year, according to CNN. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. So live, live, fight like hell. And when you get too tired, lay down, rest and let someone else fight for you."

Stomach cancer usually begins in cells in the inner layer of the stomach.  Over time, the cancer may invade more deeply into the stomach wall.  A stomach tumor can grow through the stomach's outer layer into nearby organs, such as the liver, pancreas, esophagus, or intestine. 

Stomach cancer cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor.  They enter blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into all the tissues of the body.  The cancer cells may be found in lymph nodes near the stomach.  The cancer cells may attach to other tissues and grow to form new tumors that may damage those tissues.

CNN reports that Scott underwent surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation to fight his cancer. Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer that involves several medications that target cancer.

Scott was well-known for his on-air catchphrases, which include "Boo-yah," "He's as cool as the other side of the pillow" and "He must be butter because he's on a roll," according to CNN.

Despite his long fight with stomach cancer, Scott was able to continue his on-air work during 2014.

Review Date: 
January 4, 2015
Last Updated:
January 6, 2015