Posted: 8:57 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
By Will Maupin
Dave Rose has been receiving cancer screenings every six months since he was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor cancer in the 2009 offseason. "Cancerous spots" were discovered during his most recent routine screening. Surgery on Monday removed the spots. Dr. Courtney Scaife, who performed the surgery at Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City, said, "the surgery went well. I expect him to make a full recovery."
Coach Rose is on track to be ready for the first practice of the Cougars' season, less than a month away on October 7th. This is not the first time he's recovered in time for the start of the season.
Back in June 2009, while returning with his family from a Disneyland vacation, Rose began feeling lightheaded. The trip back to Provo made it only as far as Las Vegas, where emergency hospitalization shed light on a tumor that was causing internal bleeding. Doctors removed his spleen and part of his pancreas. While in Las Vegas he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After his initial surgery and recovery, Rose was transported to the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. There, a more thorough look revealed he was dealing with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
Only 1-2% of pancreatic cancer cases involve a neuroendocrine tumor. Pancreatic cancer in general however, is quite common. According to the National Institutes of Health it is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
The Cougars, with a highly touted recruiting class and the return of Tyler Haws (21.7ppg), have the look of an NCAA Tournament team this year. Entering their third season in the West Coast Conference, this could be the first year they manage to get past Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.