BYU basketball: Free of cancer, Rose will coach BYU's basketball team

by | Sep. 22, 2009

Saints & Sports

From all indications, Dave Rose's bout with pancreatic cancer this past summer and his ongoing monitoring of the disease will not keep him from coaching the BYU Cougars men's basketball team full time this coming season.

On Friday, the 51-year-old Rose had his first periodic MRI scan to look for traces of cancer since having a cancerous tumor, part of his spleen and pancreas removed in June. The results, following the one-hour non-invasive process, came back clean with no further traces of cancer.

"I feel great, and the doctors are extremely confident that they are right on top of the situation and that they have removed all of the disease and it has not returned, and it is showing no signs of returning right now," Rose said Monday at a brief press conference to announce his updated clean bill of health.

Rose's next scheduled scan is in March, which means no further doctor visits until then.

"To be honest, I hope there's a conflict," Rose said, alluding to the hope that the Cougars will be busy with postseason play at that time.

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