Two weeks ago, the Boston Red Sox All-Star righthander underwent a procedure to have cancer removed from his nose. He is expected to make a full recovery.
"The doctors feel pretty confident they got it all," said Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea.
Lowe was to receive the team's MVP and Pitcher of the Year awards, honors he shared with Pedro Martinez, but was prohibited to fly. He left a note that was read by emcee Don Orsillo.
"I'd like to thank all the Red Sox fans for the great support this year," the statement said. "I want to thank the Boston writers for these two great awards. It's unbelievable to win two great awards, especially in my first year as a starter."
Lowe also thanked his teammates and those who stuck with him after a difficult year as closer in 2001.
"I wish I could be there with you all and thank you all personally," the note continued. "The only thing that I am not missing is the cold weather. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to having another strong year in 2003."
Lowe finished third in American League Cy Young award voting behind Martinez and Barry Zito of Oakland after going 21-8 with a 2.58 ERA. He threw his first career no-hitter on April 27 against Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.