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Steve Lavin has successful prostate cancer surgery

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin, left, alongside

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin, left, alongside guard Malik Boothe during a pep rally Monday at St. John's University. (Mar. 14, 2011) Photo Credit: John Dunn

St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin underwent successful surgery on Thursday to treat his prostate cancer. According to a press release from St. John's, the surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan went as planned.

Lavin is expected to return to his full-time coaching responsibilities with the Red Storm after a recovery period. “The advantage of early detection is that we were afforded the time to research all options,” said Lavin, 47, prior to the procedure. “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.”

Lavin was diagnosed with the disease in August 2010 but coached the entire season while simply monitoring the cancer. In the past two months, tests determined that he needed to follow a more active course of treatment. Lavin expects to be ready to coach the entire 2011-12 basketball season.

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