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Doctors: Pagano's leukemia in remission

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The doctors of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that Pagano's leukemia is in remission he passed standard cancer tests, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Pagano attended Sunday's 23-20 win over the visiting Miami Dolphins and met with the team before the game.

He has been on leave since being diagnosed with the cancer on Sept. 26. He also appeared at the Colts' facilities a week ago. It was the first time he was with the team since the diagnosis.

His oncologist, Dr. Larry Cripe, an associate professor of medicine at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, reiterated that Pagano's status is not the same as being cured.

Pagano's form of acute promyelocytic leukemia can recur if he only receives one round of chemotherapy. The standard approach is three rounds and then maintenance treatment over a period of about two years, according to Cripe.

A bone marrow aspirate test on Pagano did not detect any evidence of disease.

"We need to keep going and we will not be able to use the word 'cure' for four or five years," Cripe said.

Pagano's second round of chemotherapy will be less intense than his first.

Experts state that 80 to 90 percent of people diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia are eventually cured.
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