DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm shouts from the bench against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Steve Lavin To Undergo Prostate Cancer Surgery On Thursday

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Steve Lavin Will Have Prostate Cancer Surgery On Thursday

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin will undergo surgery to fight his prostate cancer on Thursday. Lavin was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, with St. John's announcing the diagnosis in April, and because it was caught early, his long-term prognosis was good. Now, in hopes of curing the cancer, Lavin will undergo surgery at Sloan-Kettering in New York.

The report comes from the New York Times. Lavin is positive ahead of his surgery and feels this is the best course of action to fight the prostate cancer.

"We have decided surgery is the best path to take for my particular prostate cancer," Lavin said. "We are confident that this course of treatment will lead to a cancer-free life." Lavin was found to be in the early stages of prostate cancer about a year ago, and he made the diagnosis public in April.

Lavin's doctor also expressed optimism that the surgery will cure him of the cancer. It's unknown how long the St. John's head coach will be out of action as he recovers at this time.

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Steve Lavin Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer, St. John's Announces

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will begin undergoing treatment immediately, the school announced Friday. The cancer's still in the early stages, and not expected to be life threatening.

Lavin has consulted with multiple medical experts, and they have all cleared him to continue coaching while treatment occurs in the coming weeks. In fact, Lavin has known about this diagnosis since the fall.

"My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage," Lavin said of his condition in the school's official press release. "This past fall I didn't want to distract our team, but with the season behind us, we are now working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head on."

"Through early detection we determined Coach Lavin's condition as a relatively low-grade cancer," his doctor added, "and one that could wait for treatment until the conclusion of the basketball season."

For Lavin, just 46 years-old, it's a lucky break to have caught it so early. And while prostate cancer can never be taken lightly, it appears this is sort of a "best case scenario" as far as cancer detection's concerned. With that in mind, here's to hoping it stays that way, and that a successful round of treatment this summers gives way to a swift recovery in time for next basketball season.

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