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Denver Nuggets’ Nene has testicular cancer

He had a tumor removed on January 14th. From AP-

DENVER – A testicular tumor removed from Denver Nuggets forward Nene was malignant. The team said Tuesday the tumor was discovered early, and tests showed the cancer was isolated.

“The recovery rate is extremely high,” the Nuggets said in a written statement. “In addition, the odds of a recurrence are very small.”

Nene underwent surgery Jan. 14 to remove the tumor.

The team statement said he was doing well, but there was no timeline for his return.

The Brazilian player’s Web site had posted a statement last week saying the tumor was benign, but that announcement later was removed.

Famous testicular cancer survivors in sports include Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, John Kruk, and Mike Lowell. The survival rates are pretty darn good. As a fellow cancer survivor I wish Nene well.

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