Coach Dave Rose undergoes surgery as part of cancer treatment


SALT LAKE CITY — BYU basketball coach Dave Rose underwent surgery today as part of his cancer treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital.

During Rose’s most recent cancer screening, doctors determined it necessary to remove the cancerous spots discovered.

Head coach Dave Rose yells at his players during Saturday's preseason game. by Array.
BYU basketball coach Dave Rose underwent surgery on Sept. 9 to remove cancerous spots. (Photo courtesy BYU Photo)

The surgery was performed by Dr. Courtney Scaife, who said the surgery was successful.

“The surgery went well. I expect him to make a full recovery,” Scaife said in a news release.

Rose first discovered he had cancer in the summer of 2009. He was on a flight from California to Las Vegas and became so lightheaded he could not sit up. Once Rose landed in Las Vegas paramedics took him to the hospital, where doctors removed a large tumor.

Rose has undergone cancer screenings every six months since he was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer in June 2009. Neuroendocrine tumors are a rare form of pancreatic cancer and the only form that can be successfully treated.

The Cougars begin official practice to prepare for the 2013–14 season on Oct. 7. Rose is expected to be ready to coach.

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