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BYU coach Dave Rose undergoes surgery to remove ‘cancerous spots’

Jeff Eisenberg
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Just over four years after an unusual form of pancreatic cancer almost took his life, BYU coach Dave Rose is dealing with another scare.

Rose underwent surgery on Monday to remove "cancerous spots" discovered during his most recent biannual routine cancer screening, BYU announced Monday night. Doctors are optimistic Rose will be healthy enough to coach by the time the Cougars begin practicing to prepare for the 2013-14 season on Oct. 7.

"The surgery went well," said Courtney Scaife, the doctor who performed the surgery. "I expect him to make a full recovery."

Rose first dealt with a health scare on June 4, 2009 when internal bleeding forced an emergency hospitalization in Las Vegas as he and his family returned from a vacation to Disneyland. Surgery to uncover the cause of the bleeding led to the discovery that Rose had pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer, which required the removal of his spleen and part of his pancreas.

Since making a full recovery, Rose has undergone cancer screenings every six months and become very involved in the fight against cancer. Rose spoke on behalf of Coaches vs. Cancer on Capitol Hill in 2010 to emphasize the importance of federal investment in cancer research and led BYU to Brooklyn last year to face Florida State in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.

BYU has been highly successful in Rose's eight-year tenure coaching the program. Rose has led the Cougars to seven straight seasons of 24 or more victories, to four league titles and to six NCAA tournaments.

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