Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Tuesday that their head coach Flip Saunders is undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, which, according to the doctors, is a “very treatable and curable form of cancer.”
Earlier, Saunders announced that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Saunders is also the president of the basketball operations at Timberwolves.
Saunders To Continue At Timberwolves Despite Cancer
Flip Saunders will be continuing his job uninterrupted at Minnesota Timberwolves despite undergoing chemotherapy.
“I am taking it step by step and day by day to understand how to best manage this process,” said Saunders in a statement. “I want to thank Dr. Burns as well as my medical team at Mayo Clinic for their hard work in diagnosing my situation and creating a plan to help me achieve a cancer-free outcome. I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue. I also know that God has prepared me to fight this battle.”
Team owner Glen Taylor also clarified that Saunders is going to continue despite battling the disease.
“I don’t think it will impact him at all,” Taylor said. “We can work around his schedule.”
The head coach is receiving treatment at Mayo Clinic for the last eight weeks after being diagnosed with the disease.
“Chemotherapy is extremely effective for the disease. This is indeed a highly treatable and, in most cases, a fully curable malignancy with a chemotherapy,” said Dr. Veronika Bachanova, a University of Minnesota hematologist and oncologist, on Tuesday.