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Nuggets coach Karl diagnosed with cancer

DENVER - Nuggets coach George Karl has been diagnosed with neck and throat cancer but was told it is treatable.

Karl, a survivor of prostate cancer, said Tuesday that treatment including radiation therapy and chemotherapy could cause him to miss games and practices.

A doctor who examined Karl on Dec. 30 because Karl was a new patient to the practice found a large lump. Karl said he had assumed it was just fatty tissue.

Karl was treated for prostate cancer in 2005. His son, Coby, also is a cancer survivor.

Karl recently reached an agreement on a contract extension that runs through the 2010-11 NBA season. Karl has coached Denver to the playoffs each of the last five seasons. His 260 wins since joining the Nuggets in January 2005 are the second most in team history. The Nuggets are 35-18 this season. - AP

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