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Article Written By: UNC Athletic Department
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- NC Cancer Hospital doctors are giving an optimistic update for the condition of University of North Carolina women's basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell.
"Coach Hatchell is doing great," said Pete Voorhees, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the NC Cancer Hospital. "She has tolerated therapy exceptionally well, and early indicators are that the leukemia is responding to therapy."
Last month, Coach Hatchell temporarily stepped away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities due to a leukemia diagnosis.
"I'm learning that it was truly a blessing for me to be here at the University of North Carolina as I received this diagnosis because of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center," said Hatchell. "UNC Lineberger Cancer Center is the number one place for leukemia research."
"If you're going to have leukemia, the doctors, the research, and the care given daily by the staff here is a blessing. The people at the University of North Carolina need to realize how fortunate we are to have this Center here. In addition to the care I am being given, the overwhelming love and support from everyone has expedited my recovery. I'm feeling better every day and I cannot wait to get back and coach my Tar Heels."
"It is still early, but we are extremely pleased with how things are going. She remains strong both physically and mentally, which will serve her well moving forward," said Voorhees.