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Digger Phelps, former Notre Dame basketball coach, is cancer free

By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   July 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM   |   Comments

July 3 (UPI) -- Former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps announced he is cancer free after a six-week treatment for bladder cancer.

The winningest coach in Notre Dame basketball history was diagnosed with bladder cancer in April during a routine checkup. He underwent surgery April 18 to remove cancerous scabs that formed on his bladder.

Phelps had already beaten prostate cancer two years prior.

"Early detection and having the courage," Phelps said, were the keys to beating the disease.

He said when his doctor called him with the good news, he was in the middle of his daily walk around the lakes at Notre Dame Monday. He said he shed a few tears.

“I got a little emotional. I was tearful when I thought about it," he said.

Phelps will continue to receive treatment every three months for the next two years as maintenance.

“I always say that the power of prayer is the will to win,” Phelps said. “Little did I know, practice what you preach.”

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