Tubby Smith: Cancer's gone

  • Article by: MYRON P. MEDCALF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 12, 2011 - 10:29 AM

The coach said he is just fine after his prostate was treated.


Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith

Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith said Wednesday he recently learned he had early-stage prostate cancer and underwent an April 21 procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to remove it, according to a statement released by the University of Minnesota.

"Amid speculation, I want to make it aware that I did in fact undergo a procedure on April 21 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester," Smith, who turns 60 next month, said in the statement. "During my regular physical last spring, it was discovered that my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were high.

"A biopsy was done and it was discovered that I had early stages of prostate cancer. I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed and I am now cancer free and feeling great."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 223,307 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, the most recent year those numbers were tabulated.

Black men are at greater risk than any other ethnic or racial group to get and die from prostate cancer, said Dr. Mark Litwin, a professor of urology and public health at UCLA. He said doctors recommend that black men begin screenings for prostate cancer when they are 40.

"It is of particular importance of men of African descent," Litwin said.

Litwin said removal procedures for prostate cancer are effective, so Smith can enjoy a healthy life going forward.

"If it's caught early ... it's entirely curable," he said.

The fourth-year coach said he is ready for next season. He also encouraged other men to get regular checkups.

Smith, who lost a sister to cancer, has been an active participant in Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society.

"I am a proponent of regular prostate [exams] and hope that men, especially African-American men, continue to have regular checkups," he said. "Again, I am feeling great and can't wait for the upcoming season."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Washington 0
Pittsburgh 7 FINAL
Detroit 3
Miami 3 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Boston - WP: K. Couch 11 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Reavis 8
NY Yankees - LP: M. Tanaka 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: T. Milone 3
Tampa Bay 4 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Philadelphia 6 FINAL
Toronto 10
Chicago Cubs 15 FINAL
Texas 10
Cincinnati - WP: M. Lorenzen 10 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Fiers 4
Colorado 3 FINAL
San Francisco 4
Chicago WSox 2 FINAL
Los Angeles 1
Seattle 6 FINAL
Cleveland 8
Oakland - WP: J. Fuller 13 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: B. Loconsole 10
Texas 7 FINAL
Arizona 8
Houston 8 FINAL
Atlanta 5
Kansas City 4 FINAL
San Diego 1
Atlanta 95 FINAL
Detroit 105
Indiana 106 FINAL
Brooklyn 111
San Antonio 95 FINAL
Miami 81
Golden State 110 FINAL
LA Clippers 106
New Jersey 2 FINAL(OT)
Columbus 3
Carolina 2 FINAL
Washington 4
Florida 2 FINAL
Boston 3
Ottawa 2 FINAL(SO)
Detroit 1
Tampa Bay 1 FINAL
Toronto 3
NY Rangers 3 FINAL
Winnipeg 2
Vancouver 5 FINAL(SO)
Nashville 4
UT Martin 66 FINAL
Evansville 79
Miami-Florida 60 FINAL
Temple 57
Northern Ariz 68
Stanford 67 FINAL
Old Dominion 60
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Who are you rooting for in the NCAA Final Four?

Weekly Question