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UPDATE: Fran McCaffery's son's tumor is cancerous

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A tumor on the thyroid of Fran McCaffery's teenage son was revealed to be cancerous, the Iowa Hawkeyes head basketball coach announced Friday afternoon.

McCaffery sent the written statement just before 4 p.m. Friday.

"Today, we received word from doctors that the tumor that was removed during our son Patrick's surgery on Wednesday is malignant," McCaffery said in the statement. "We will visit with doctors as soon as possible to determine Patrick's treatment.

"Margaret and I would like to thank everyone again for the outpouring of support from across the country for our son Patrick and family this past week," he continued. "We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers."

Hawkeye Sports released the comment and said it would be the only comment McCaffery "will have on the situation at this time."

Patrick McCaffery just turned 14 this week.

Fran McCaffery is back home after his team was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the play-off first round.

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Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced his 13-year-old son Patrick has been diagnosed with a tumor on his thyroid.

McCaffery released a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Last week it was discovered that our son, Patrick, has a tumor on his thyroid. Patrick is currently undergoing tests and is scheduled to undergo surgery next Wednesday, March 19, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Once the mass is removed, additional tests will determine a further course of action.

"I was made aware of Patrick’s condition prior to traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, last Wednesday. Margaret and I notified our players and staff of Patrick’s health issue after a biopsy was done on Monday.

"We appreciate your concern and ask that you respect our family’s privacy as we address Patrick’s health,” he said.

Amie Steffeneicher and Sommer Steiner contributed to this report.

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