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St. John's Coach Steve Lavin Says He Is 'Cancer Free' After Successful Surgery

St. John's head basketball coach Steve Lavin announced Tuesday that he is cancer free after successful surgery to treat prostrate cancer in October.

St. John's head basketball coach Steve Lavin announced Tuesday that he is cancer free after successful surgery to treat prostrate cancer in October. 

Lavin, who nonetheless told ESPN's Andy Katz he will take an indefinite leave from the sidelines until he regains strength, told Mike Francesa on WFAN that his battle isn't entirely over. But the cancer is gone and the recovery period has begun.

"The surgery was a success and I am cancer free. The blood work reflects that, but I had a set back after coming back for those four games and it was the conditioning, the stamina, the energy level was just not there yet. The doctor [Dr. Peter T. Scardino] is not overly surprised. It's not as though that is uncommon in terms of having that challenge when it comes to your energy levels and in particular when it is coaching. That's an experience when you are letting it all hang out trying to give your team everything that you got in terms of giving them juice and trying to keep them jacked up - bringing the intensity and passion and the teaching of what it takes to be successful at this level. That stretch really set me back, but now I am back recuperating on the recovery trail. The healing process is what will determine my return date and also working with the doctors."

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