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Hawkeye great Roy Marble diagnosed with cancer

[ 0 ] August 29, 2014 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Former University of Iowa basketball star Roy Marble has been diagnosed with cancer.

Marble, 47, had a biopsy done at University Hospitals earlier this month after three tumors were discovered – one behind his eye, one on his temple and another on his face. The biopsy found the tumors were malignant.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, speaking on behalf of Marble, said that the cancer has also spread to other parts of Marble’s body.

Roy Marble is Iowa's all-time leading scorer in basketball. He played from 1985 to 1989. (Rick Brown photo)

Roy Marble is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer in basketball. He played from 1985 to 1989. (Rick Brown photo)

“We were hoping for better news, but it’s not,” McCaffery said Friday night. “It’s not good. But we’re not giving up.”

McCaffery, whose son, Patrick, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his thyroid in March, said that Marble will start radiation and chemotherapy soon. Marble, Iowa’s all-time leading scorer, has asked that people respect his privacy during his treatments.

Marble’s son, Devyn, who completed his eligibility at Iowa last season and is now a rookie with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, will return to Iowa City soon to be with his father.

“He needs everyone’s thoughts and prayers,” McCaffery said. “He’s going to fight this with his family. And he needs the Hawkeye family to wrap their arms around him and support him.”

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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