St. John’s Lavin to alter treatment of cancer
St. John’s men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin needs to treat his prostate cancer differently.
Lavin, 47, was originally diagnosed with the disease last September, but did not publicly announce his condition until April. After his initial plan of attack was thwarted, Lavin is changing his approach.
“After the most recent consultation, my doctors feel at this point that the active surveillance approach is off the table,” Lavin said Saturday.
“So that narrows the treatment options to surgery or radiation. The advantage of early detection is that we have these options that can assist in leading to a cancer-free life.”
Lavin does not expect this latest turn to alter his plans for the upcoming season.
Lavin led the Red Storm to a 21-12 record, good for third in the Big East. St. John’s qualified for the NCAA tournament where it fell in the second round to Gonzaga.