Fran McCaffery's son receives good cancer news

Rick Brown
New Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery greets shares a laugh with his sons Connor, McCaffery, 11, right, and Patrick McCaffery, 10, center, after a press conference introducing McCaffery, Monday, March 29, 2010, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Originally published on 4/24/2014

NEWTON, Ia. – Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said a pathology report that came back Tuesday showed his son, Patrick, has no additional cancer.

"That was a good day," McCaffery said.

Patrick McCaffery, 14, had surgery to remove a tumor on his thyroid March 19. Two days later, doctors determined the tumor was malignant. Patrick had a second surgery on April 17.

"The last surgery went really well," McCaffery said Thursday.

Patrick is scheduled to have a scan in a couple of weeks to see if all the cancer is gone from his thyroid tissue. If cancer remains, Patrick will start radioactive iodine treatments five or six weeks after that.

The coach said radioactive iodine only treats the thyroid cancer, and is not as evasive as chemotherapy or radiation.

McCaffery said that Patrick plans to return to the basketball floor next weekend. He plays for the Iowa Barnstormers seventh-grade AAU team.

"He should be able to play," Fran said. "I don't know how effective he'll be. He's lost some weight."