MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders announced Tuesday he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which doctors called a "very treatable and curable."
"I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue," Saunders said after the announcement
A statement from the team said the initial diagnosis came 8 weeks ago and Saunders immediately began treatment at Mayo Clinic. He will continue his duties in the front office and on the court with the team.
"Treatment typically involves chemotherapy, radiation therapy. Or sometimes a combination of both," said Dr. Mark Wilkowske, an oncologist at Park Nicollet.
"This is something that is individual from patient to patient. Many patients can carry on with their schedule while receiving treatment. Tiredness and fatigue are certainly an issue for most all patients receiving treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma."
Each NBA team shared their well wishes for the coach on Twitter.
Full statement from the Timberwolves
Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Flip Saunders today announced that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for what his doctors called a “very treatable and curable form of cancer.”
The initial diagnosis came eight weeks ago during an examination by Timberwolves Vice President of Team Medical Services Sheldon Burns. Saunders immediately started the treatment process with a medical team at Mayo Clinic.
“I am taking it step by step and day by day to understand how to best manage this process,” said Saunders, who has attended to all of his team duties throughout the period of diagnosis and treatment.
“I want to thank Dr. Burns as well as my medical team at Mayo Clinic for their hard work in diagnosing my situation and creating a plan to help me achieve a cancer-free outcome. I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue. I also know that God has prepared me to fight this battle.”
Saunders will continue uninterrupted with his duties as Timberwolves’ President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach.