Colts' coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia in remission

Docs announce Chuck Pagano's leukemia is in remission

11/5/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Colts' coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia in remissionThe Indianapolis Colts famously had their coach back Sunday, as leukemia-stricken Chuck Pagano was able to attend Sunday's Colts game against the Dolphins and deliver a barnburner of an inspirational speech afterwards. The latest from Pagano's doctors indicates the Colts may have their coach back on a full-time basis sooner than anyone had thought -- because Pagano's leukemia is officially in remission.

And here I thought the best news I'd hear all day was Jerry Jones being locked out of the Cowboys locker room.

While Pagano is not cured of his acute promyelocytic leukemia, the Indianapolis Star reports that Chuck Pagano's leukemia is in remission. Bone marrow tests show that Pagano's leukemia has not spread to his bone marrow, leading his physicians to declare his leukemia in remission.

"We need to keep going and we will not be able to use the word ‘cure’ for four or five years," Dr. Larry Cripe, Pagano's oncologist, told the Star. Pagano has completed one round of chemotherapy, and his doctors do plan to continue with two additional rounds in hopes of getting rid of the cancerous cells.

Blog Photo - Colts' coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia in remissionPagano was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in late September, and immediately had to take medical leave. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has gone 4-1 as the Colts' interim head coach, but Pagano remained somewhat involved -- texting players, and holding meetings with coaching staff.

Arians sees a possible return for Pagano this season if the chemotherapy treatments continue successfully. "Once he comes back from Round 2 we have to have Round 3," Arians told the Indy Star, "and our goal is for him to be on the sideline Dec. 30th."

The Colts play the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30, in a game that looks likely to have AFC South playoff ramifications. Might be another opportunity for an incredibly rousing Chuck Pagano locker room motivational speech.
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