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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Steve Lavin undergoes surgery

By Kieran Darcy
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- St. John's men's basketball coach Steve Lavin had surgery to treat his prostate cancer on Thursday, the school announced late Thursday.

The procedure went as planned, with no complications, according to Lavin's doctors. He is expected to return to coaching full-time after an unspecified recovery period.

St. John's is scheduled to begin regular season practices on Friday, Oct. 14.

Lavin, 47, was diagnosed with the disease in fall 2010, right before his first season at St. John's. Until last month, he and his doctors had chosen to closely monitor his condition without undergoing further treatment. But in late September, Lavin revealed that he would begin more aggressive treatment, either via surgery or radiation treatments.

"The advantage of early detection is that we were afforded the time to research all options," Lavin said in a statement released by the school. "After weighing treatment options with the experts at [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center] we have decided surgery is the best path to take for my particular prostate cancer condition. We are confident that this course of treatment will lead to a cancer-free life."

Kieran Darcy is a staff writer for ESPNNewYork.com.