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Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:09 pm
 


By Matt Norlander


The biggest win of Steve Lavin's life should hopefully come on Thursday. The St. John's coach, who in April announced he had been battling prostate cancer since the fall of 2010, will have surgery to eliminate his prostate cancer.

Lavin will go under the knife at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the elite treatment centers in the world. It's primary location, where Lavin will have his surgery, is in Manhattan. He's expected to return to coaching after an undetermined "recovery period." That could be a week, could be a month -- until the surgery is complete, no one really knows.

But that's not an issue right now, of course. Getting Lavin cancer-free is the target, and it's an extremely optimistic one right now.

“The advantage of early detection is that we were afforded the time to research all options,” Lavin said in a statement. “After weighing treatment options with the experts at Sloan we have decided surgery is the best path to take for my particular prostate cancer condition. We are confident that this course of treatment will lead to a cancer-free life.”

Peter T. Scardino, the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center said, “It is highly likely that this treatment will completely cure coach Lavin’s condition.”

According to St. John's, Lavin helped to raise more than $1 million for Coaches vs. Cancer since he became head coach of the team in March of 2010. He's also been a longtime contributor and supporter of the charity. And recently, Lavin and the program brought out more than 400 people for their “Dribble For The Cure” fundraiser on Sept. 24.

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday




Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 8:10 am
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Praying for a full recovery.  Looks from the outside like this is very treatable.  Modern treatment has advanced incredibly.  I am living testimony to that!



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Absolutely one of the finest coaches that we had at UCLA and an even better person. A class act all the way.
Wishing you all the best Steve with your prostate cancer surgery and to let you know that we of Bruin Nation, 
will support you and your family with much love and prayer for a speedy recovery. God Bless !!!  



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

He's a good guy and a good coach....   Praying he makes full recovery.   Godspeed Steve.



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Praying for you coach. Hope every thing turns out well. Can't wait to see your boys take the court this year.



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Steve Lavin - Everyone associated with College Basketball, all sports and the US wishes you the speediest of recovery and good health.  We look forward to your return to the sidelines and leading St. Johns to further success.

A Bruin Fan



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

He's expected to return to coaching after an undetermined "recovery period." That could be a week, could be a month -- until the surgery is complete, no one really knows.
Let him take as long as he needs. There are more important things in life than basketball.

Getting Lavin cancer-free is the target, and it's an extremely optimistic one right now.
This is one of those "more important things" that I just talked about.

Steve let me, who just happens to be a St. John's alum, wish you well on the surgery tomorrow as well as a full speedy recovery.




Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Great coach, even a greater human being.  Only flaw I could find with him is he was a coach at UCLA..Just kidding Steve, good luck and hurry back, basketball needs people like you......



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Good luck Steve- if you can handle Gene Keady as your assistant coach you can overcome cancer easily



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Lavin to have prostate-cancer surgery Thursday

Whatever you think of Lav as a coach, there's no denying that he approaches his profession and his life with the utmost class. Here's to a speedy and complete recovery for one of college basketball's best people.


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