NEWTON Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery's 14-year-old son, Patrick, received a much-needed boost after a second surgery last week to remove cancerous tissue near his thyroid.
On Tuesday, a pathology report showed no additional cancer.
"That was good news," Coach McCaffery said.
Patrick McCaffery had his first surgery the day of Iowa's NCAA tournament game on March 21 at Dayton, Ohio. Coach McCaffery traveled back to Iowa City the night before the surgery and then back to Dayton after Patrick's surgery. Patrick had a second surgery on April 17.
Coach McCaffery said a scan will take place in a few weeks to determine if doctors had eliminated the thyroid cancer. That will determine whether or not Patrick needs radioactive iodine to treat it.
Patrick McCaffery might get the opportunity to rejoin his AAU basketball team, the Iowa Barnstormers, as early as next week.
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