Tumor removed from Patrick McCaffery is malignant

Published: March 21 2014 | 3:49 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:58 am in

IOWA CITY -- A tumor removed from Patrick McCaffery, son of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery, was cancerous, according to a statement the family released on Friday.

“Today, we received word from doctors that the tumor that was removed during our son Patrick’s surgery on Wednesday is malignant," McCaffery said in a statement. "We will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine Patrick’s treatment."

Patrick McCaffery, who turned 14 on Thursday, had a tumor surgically removed from his thyroid on Wednesday, the same day Iowa played in its first NCAA tournament game in eight seasons. Coach McCaffery left the team on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio to be with his son for the Wednesday morning surgery in Iowa City. After Patrick was in good spirits, McCaffery returned to Dayton to coach the Hawkeyes. Iowa lost 78-65 to Tennessee in overtime.

"He's getting prepared for surgery on his neck to remove a tumor, and you're talking about potential malignancy and things of that nature and you're saying, 'Wow, it puts wins and losses in perspective," McCaffery said after Wednesday's game.

The McCafferys received an overwhelming amount of sentiments nationally from coaches, athletes and friends. NBA All-Star Chris Paul called Patrick McCaffery on Tuesday and Wednesday and wished him well. His players designed warm-up T-shirts with "#teampat" for the Big Ten Tournament.

“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 in a statement. "We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

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