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Patrick McCaffery’s tumor was cancerous, treatment next

[ 0 ] March 21, 2014 |
Fran McCaffery and his son, Patrick, in an undated photo. (Special to the Register/McCaffery family photo)

Fran McCaffery and his son, Patrick, in an undated photo. (Special to the Register/McCaffery family photo)

The tumor that was removed from Patrick McCaffery’s thyroid on Wednesday was malignant, his father and Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery said in a statement released by the university today.

Coach McCaffery said that the family will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine treatment for his son, who is in seventh grade and turned 14 years old on Thursday.

“Margaret and I would like to thank everyone again for the outpouring of support from across the country for our son Patrick and family this past week,” McCaffery said. “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

The thyroid is located at the base of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple, and  produces hormones that regulate things like body temperature, weight, blood pressure and heart rate. According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, most cases of thyroid cancer can be cured with treatment.

Fran McCaffery, who lost both his parents to cancer, and his wife, Margaret, are the parents of four children.

“Fran and Margaret continue to have my full support,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Friday. “My thoughts and my prayers will remain with Patrick as he moves forward in the next steps of this challenging journey.”

The McCafferys told the Iowa basketball team about Patrick’s condition on March 10. The McCafferys released a public statement the following day that said a tumor had been discovered on Patrick’s thyroid.

Patrick had surgery to remove that tumor on Wednesday at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His father, who had been in Dayton, Ohio, with his team Tuesday preparing for a first-round NCAA game against Tennessee, flew back to Iowa City Tuesday night and was with his son during surgery and recovery Wednesday.

Once Patrick had come out of recovery, McCaffery returned to Dayton Wednesday afternoon and coached his team in an overtime loss that night that ended the season. Patrick was released from the hospital Thursday, and was able to celebrate his birthday at home with his family.

Fran McCaffery is very active on the Coaches vs. Cancer program, as a living memorial to his parents. Fran and Margaret have hosted a Coaches vs. Cancer even the past two years in Iowa City, raising $135,000 that went to Hope Lodge and to researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The McCafferys have hosted similar fundraisers to fight cancer at his previous two coaching stops,  North Carolina-Greensboro and Siena.

Previous articles:

Bryce Miller: Fran McCaffery balances duty to family and team

Thursday: Patrick McCaffery heads home from hospital after surgery

Wednesday: Fran McCaffery, with son in Iowa City for surgery, flies back to Dayton for Iowa game

Rick Brown: Any parent knows what Fran McCaffery is going through after news of son’s tumor

Bryce Miller: Now is the time to truly cheer for Fran McCaffery

March 11: Patrick McCaffery to have tumor on thyroid removed


Category: Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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