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Sunday / February 18.
  • Lavin to Get Aggressive Prostate Cancer Treatment

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    St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said Saturday he plans to undergo a more aggressive form of treatment for prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with last fall.

    “After the most recent consultation, my doctors feel at this point that the active surveillance approach is off the table,” Lavin, 47, told reporters Saturday. “So that narrows the treatment options to surgery or radiation.

    “The advantage of early detection is that we have these options that can assist in leading to a cancer-free life.”

    Lavin said his doctors will decide what course of action to take next, and that he doesn’t believe the more aggressive course of action will interfere with his ability to coach.

    The Red Storm begin practice Oct. 14 and open the season Nov. 7.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • I’m curious what kind of “aggressive” treatment he’s taking advantage of, specifically. Prostate cancer surgery is difficult, from what I hear, and I know there are decent radiation options (such as proton therapy), so I wonder if that’s what he’s going for?