Steve Lavin opts for prostate-cancer surgery


Steve Lavin had two choices in his ongoing prostate cancer treatment: radiation or surgery. He’s opting for the latter.

The St. John’s coach will have surgery Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the nation’s premier cancer treatment locations. He’ll have a recovery period, then resume coaching the Red Storm.

“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.”

Lavin previously said he probably wouldn’t miss any practices, which start next week. That’s realistic, though he’ll be sore likely won’t do much other than talking and sitting down.

But that’s all according to plan. When he made his cancer announcement in April, he was incredibly optimistic about his outlook because the cancer was in such an early stage. If the surgery completely removes the cancer and it hasn’t spread, he’ll be able to focus entirely on St. John’s hoops in no time.

Good thing, too. Pretty much every Johnnie is new this season.

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