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Tumor removed from Patrick McCaffery is malignant
Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 3/21/2014 | Scott Dochterman

Posted on 03/21/2014 10:56:35 PM PDT by iowamark

IOWA CITY — A tumor removed from Patrick McCaffery, son of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery, was cancerous, according to a statement the family released on Friday.

“Today, we received word from doctors that the tumor that was removed during our son Patrick’s surgery on Wednesday is malignant,” McCaffery said in a statement. “We will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine Patrick’s treatment.”

Patrick McCaffery, who turned 14 on Thursday, had a tumor surgically removed from his thyroid on Wednesday, the same day Iowa played in its first NCAA tournament game in eight seasons. Coach McCaffery left the team on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio to be with his son for the Wednesday morning surgery in Iowa City. After Patrick was in good spirits, McCaffery returned to Dayton to coach the Hawkeyes. Iowa lost 78-65 to Tennessee in overtime.

“He’s getting prepared for surgery on his neck to remove a tumor, and you’re talking about potential malignancy and things of that nature and you’re saying, ‘Wow, it puts wins and losses in perspective,” McCaffery said after Wednesday’s game.

The McCafferys received an overwhelming amount of sentiments nationally from coaches, athletes and friends. NBA All-Star Chris Paul called Patrick McCaffery on Tuesday and Wednesday and wished him well. His players designed warm-up T-shirts with “#teampat” for the Big Ten Tournament.

“Margaret and I would like to thank everyone again for the outpouring of support from across the country for our son Patrick and family this past week,” McCaffery said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

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1 posted on 03/21/2014 10:56:35 PM PDT by iowamark
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2 posted on 03/21/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: iowamark

Prayers up for this poor boy and his family.


3 posted on 03/21/2014 11:10:51 PM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: iowamark

awww... so sad... :(


4 posted on 03/21/2014 11:13:02 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: iowamark

Prayers for the young man’s health and that he successfully beats the cancer.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 12:42:47 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: iowamark
There is some encouraging news.

When I lived in Iowa City in the 1990’s, UIHC ranked in the top 5 USA hospitals for Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology).

UIHC was also highly ranked for post surgical radiation and chemotherapy for cancer patients.

When I saw the words “cancer” and “14 years old,” I immediately assumed this kid had a sarcoma.

Most of the time, a sarcoma in a youngster means an arm or a leg has to be amputated, or worse, a pelvic tumor, which is often fatal in the long term.

A thyroid tumor is usually spotted early, and most people have an excellent prognosis after treatment.

6 posted on 03/22/2014 1:48:20 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: iowamark

Prayers for the boy and his family for a complete restoration of his health. Amen


7 posted on 03/22/2014 2:10:11 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.>)
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To: zeestephen

A thyroid tumor is usually spotted early, and most people have an excellent prognosis after treatment.

Very true. He will have to take medication everyday for the rest of his life though.


8 posted on 03/22/2014 4:03:49 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator

Yes if it hasn’t spread they will destroy the thyroid and he takes medicine to replace its function.


9 posted on 03/22/2014 4:08:22 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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