Boise State G Karl has cancer surgery

Updated: March 21, 2006, 5:24 PM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State basketball guard Coby Karl, the son of Denver Nuggets NBA coach George Karl, underwent surgery Monday evening to remove a lump from his thyroid.

"Everything went well and I plan on being back to 100 percent in a couple of weeks," the 6-foot-4 junior guard said in a statement released by the university Tuesday.

Karl found a lump on his neck last fall and recently consulted a physician, who discovered it was a papillary carcinoma, a form of cancer that is treatable. His doctor, Matthew Schwarz, said the surgery was successful and Karl is expected to make a full recovery.

Karl's father, his mother, Cathy, and his sister Kelci were at the Boise hospital during the surgery. University officials declined further comment because of patient privacy concerns.

"Coby is a very strong person and a very strong athlete," George Karl said in a statement. "We're glad the surgery is over and he can get on with his recovery. This is a difficult process, but surgery is the beginning of recovery."

Coby Karl was the Bronco's top scorer this past season, averaging 17.2 points per game.


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