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North Carolina Coach Butch Davis to have chemotherapy

The former University of Miami and Cleveland Brown head coach has cancer.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –North Carolina football coach Butch Davis said Tuesday he is undergoing chemotherapy treatments after a dentist removed a cancerous growth from his mouth.

”I know people are going to be concerned and everything, but it’s going to be OK,” Davis said. “We’re going to get through this and we’re going to have a great season next fall.”

Davis said he wasn’t even aware he had a growth when he saw his dentist late last month in Cleveland for a routine cleaning. After the growth was removed, a biopsy diagnosed it as non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Subsequent exams have found no evidence that the cancer has spread anywhere else, but Davis said Tuesday is undergoing chemotherapy as a precaution. He had his first two-hour session last week, and will have between three and six more.

Good luck with the chemo Butch and God bless.

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