Specifics, links, and info on Chuck Pagano’s leukemia diagnosis

The Indianapolis Star and Phil B Wilson have some more info on the specifics of Coach Chuck Pagano's diagnosis:

The Star first reported the illness and that Pagano would likely miss several games while being treated for acute promyelocytic leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society website, "early diagnosis and treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) … is important because patients with APL may develop serious blood-clotting or bleeding problems. … Treatment induces remission in 80 to 90 percent of patients."

The first link will take you to the latest update, post press conference, from Indystar.com. The second link, inside the indented quote, will take you to some more information about APL from NIH.gov and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Here, too, are a few updates from 1070 The Fan's Greg Rakestraw, who was at the Colts' press conference, updating fans via Twitter:


At complex early today for presser at 10:30a on Chuck Pagano. Will tweet details here. Let's hope this was caught early enough.

Before presser, some details being handed out about Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APML). Will try to sift through as best I can…

Pagano: On APML, the first phase of treatment lasts 4-5 weeks: requires a hospital stay for most of that time. Most achieve remission

Pagano: If remission is achieved, patients with APML are likely to receive additional round of chemotherapy for 2-3 months.

Irsay: It's been a very difficult week. Coach had been feeling some fatigue over the last few weeks, and had noticed some bruising.

Irsay: Chuck's wife Tina convinced him to get his condition checked out.

Irsay: I am optimistic. He can beat this thing.

Irsay: Bruce Arians will be our interim head coach. Chuck's wishes with Ryan and my blessing on that. We're fortunate to have Bruce.

  Dr. Cripe: This is a cancer of bone marrow tissue. This is a favorable type in terms of ability for remission and a cure.

Here are a few other links to updates on the Colts' unflappable coach:

Michael Marot of the Associate Press weighs in here.

Phil B Wilson of the Indianapolis Star profiles Pagano and his family.

The Indianapolis Star's Shari Rudavski discusses Chuck Pagano's Treatment. This one might be added to the daily links as well.

Special thanks to all the local media who have so diligently covered this story as our hearts go out to Coach Pagano and his family.  And, as we hope for Chuck Pagano's speedy recovery, here, once again, is his awesome motivational speech from user DannySportsTalk on YouTube.  If Pagano can inspire his players in that manner, during a practice no less, imagine the type of drive and determination he possesses within.  Here's hoping for Pagano's expeditious recovery, for him, his family, and his Colts family.



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