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Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Updated: November 2, 9:13 AM ET
Burns finishes chemotherapy treatments

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns says he's making good progress in his fight against colon cancer after finishing chemotherapy treatments this week.

"I'm still not out of the woods," Burns told the NHL's Web site. "I've been going through the process of chemotherapy and that's very difficult. Anybody who has been through this knows and if you haven't, you just don't know. It is very physically and emotionally draining."

The 52-year-old Burns, who announced he had cancer after the Devils were eliminated from the playoffs in April, said his spirits have been lifted by the outpouring of support from the hockey community.

"The support I got from the people in the NHL was really important," he said. "I got calls from all the coaches and GMs and I also got about 3,000 e-mails from fans, along with hundreds of cards. That kept me going and helped me get through this situation."