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“Once he starts whatever he decides as a treatment he should be done with it within a short period of time,” he said.

St. John’s athletic director Chris Monasch said the school’s first priority will be to support Lavin and his wife.

“We are encouraged by the early diagnosis and expect that Steve will continue his regular coaching activities,” Monasch said. “We do not anticipate any disruption in his duties as our head coach, and thank all in advance for their support of Steve and respect for his family’s privacy.”