Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle Undergoing Cancer Treatment
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is set to undergo a series of treatments for cancer.
The university announced in a statement Tuesday that Battle will undergo a stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma at Emory University. The statement says the condition is not considered life threatening and that Battle was diagnosed during a routine physical in the spring of 2014.
The 74-year-old Battle is expected to communicate daily with senior officials on his staff.
Dr. Sagar Lonial, who will supervise the treatment, says the disease is in “a good partial remission” and that the procedure is a standard step in the treatment.
Battle has undergone radiation therapy and three courses of chemotherapy.
Multiple myeloma, also known as bone marrow cancer, begins in the blood’s plasma cells.
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