A month after he disclosed he was diagnosed with lymphoma, Giants GM Dave Gettleman confirmed his cancer is in remission and said he is confident he will resume full-time duties this season.
"I'm blessed, I feel good, I feel energetic," Gettleman said Friday. "This is a week that I don't have chemo in the hospital."
Gettleman, 67, said he has been obeying doctors' orders. For example, when he is able to attend Giants practices, he must stay in the shade. He is also trying to be wary of how much contact he can have with other people because of his weakened immune system.
"There are certain things I'm not doing until I get clearance," said Gettleman, who said he has underwent four of the seven rounds of chemotherapy he needs to treat his lymphoma. "To me, do what the doctor tells you. Good Lord, don't negotiate."
Gettleman said his initial reaction to finding out his cancer was in complete remission from Dr. Andre Goy of Hackensack University Medical Center was confusion.
"What was really weird was that I didn't quite understand it," he said. "Here I am thinking I'm pretty smart. When he told me, 'You're in complete remission,' it was like, it was kind of weird. I'm saying to myself -- but, he very quickly followed up, 'You ain't done', very quickly followed up, 'You ain't done.'
"Just all of a sudden you go from, within a five-week period, I'm told I've got aggressive lymphoma, and in five weeks, he said everything is going to be OK. That's a quick turnaround."
Asked how he felt about returning to his general manager post, Gettleman didn't waver.
"Full-time," he said. "It'll happen. It'll happen."