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Chuck Pagano’s cancer is in remission

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Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s doctors confirmed today that his cancer is in remission.

Pagano is back in the hospital today for another round of chemotherapy, and a bone marrow aspirate test did not detect any evidence of acute promyelocytic leukemia, his doctors told the Indianapolis Star.

That is the news Pagano wanted to hear, although doctors also made clear that being in remission is not the same thing as being cured.

“We need to keep going and we will not be able to use the word ‘cure’ for four or five years,” Pagano’s oncologist Dr. Larry Cripe said.

Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in September and had been away from the Colts every day since then — until Sunday, when he attended the Colts’ win over the Dolphins. Pagano will be away from the team again during his second course of chemotherapy, although doctors said the second course will not be as intense as the first.

Pagano’s doctors have said from the beginning that they expect him to make a complete recovery and return to coaching, although he is not expected to be back as the Colts’ head coach this year.

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48 Responses to “Chuck Pagano’s cancer is in remission”
  1. glac1 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:10 PM

    Good for him! I wish him the best.

  2. jameswestphal says: Nov 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Keep fighting Coach! All the best to you and yours.

  3. tgriffin2012 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Good for Coach!!!! You are in all my prayers and by being a Bears Fan I still pull for your Colts to finish strong and I’m sure all of the Bears Fans are rooting for you to get healthy, you’re great for the game of football and truly has a heart of a champion!!!!

  4. 7swag7 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    So, if Arians takes the team to the playoffs this year, and Pagano is better by next year. Who is the head coach in 2013?

  5. drewfl says: Nov 5, 2012 3:15 PM

    Kick cancers ass!

  6. mikea311 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:15 PM

    Good for him! I wish him the best.


    what sick scum clicks dislike to that statement?

  7. brenenostler says: Nov 5, 2012 3:16 PM

    Best news of the day.

  8. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 5, 2012 3:17 PM


  9. mrgroovesd says: Nov 5, 2012 3:18 PM

    Cancer sucks! Here’s to a speedy recovery Chuck!

  10. mikea311 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    im rooting for the Colts.

    feel good story we could all use more of.

  11. blacknole08 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:23 PM

    That man is an inspiration. You don’t ever give up no matter the circumstances.

    Congrats to him.

  12. 11wheatd says: Nov 5, 2012 3:23 PM

    It shows had disgusting this country is when people “thumbs down” a comment saying “Good for him! I wish him the best” and “Keep fight Coach!”

    Some things are far more important in life than football, it’s too bad some people can’t understand that.

  13. jbcommonsense says: Nov 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    Best of luck Coach!

  14. southpaw2k says: Nov 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    brenenostler says:
    Nov 5, 2012 3:16 PM
    Best news of the day.


    Stole my comment, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

    Go get ’em, Coach.

  15. 49erstim says: Nov 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    Wow. Keep it up Coach Pagano! Great News! The football community is cheering you on Sir!

  16. daknight93 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:30 PM

    keep fighting! never give up! Stay Strong.

  17. clownsfan says: Nov 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    Great news. Stay strong Coach!!

  18. jeffa43 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    Awesome! Chuck was awesome yesterday.

    I have seen what cancer does first hand.

    He is giving a lot of people hope, keep it up Chuck we are pulling for you!

    With your strength you will see your daughters get married.

  19. ravenatorsmom says: Nov 5, 2012 3:37 PM

    Good Luck Coach. Hope you beat it.

  20. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    Glad to hear best wishes to you!

  21. blacknole08 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    Let’s leave football out of this for a second: I don’t understand some of the lack of compassion on this board sometimes. Seriously what has this man done to you personally??

    If you hate his team, cool. But he’s battling for his life, and apparently he is winning. He’s showing courageous effort and the whole organization is feeding off that.

    What’s even more telling about his story is that it happened during the season, not in the off-season. And he is coaching what most would say was the worst team in football coming into this season. And now they are 5-3.

    So just stop with the trolling comments at least when it comes to stuff like this that most people can relate to!

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    It’s in remission. It didn’t have his permission.

  23. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 5, 2012 3:45 PM

    Good to hear!

  24. frankiemontana says: Nov 5, 2012 3:58 PM


  25. crush22 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:58 PM

    mikea311 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 3:15 PM

    what sick scum clicks dislike to that statement?


    Patriot fans

  26. faaaaaaq says: Nov 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    That is wonderful news. Coach, our hopes and prayers are with you. You give us all strength with the fight you’re going through. And football fans (and others) all over the country are pulling for you to be able to dance with your daughters and hoist that trophy.

  27. tindeaux says: Nov 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    get well soon, coach!!! I will pray to God for your health.
    Take care,

  28. rtookey says: Nov 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    Im a huge Pats fan… Seeing people “thumbs down” the positive comments to this post, makes me sick. Pagano’s post game speech yesterday was amazing, I wish him all the best in his cancer battle!

  29. ravens89 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:08 PM

    Awesome news for Coach Pagano. Wish him the best of luck in his recovery and with his team. Wish he was still in Baltimore because everyone knows Dean Pees cant coach a defense

  30. tbd3 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:12 PM

    Good for him. Here’s to continuing positive progress. Keep fighting the fight!

  31. johnnyb216 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:21 PM

    Awesome!! No matter what he accomplishes in football over the course of his career, nothing will ever top beating cancer and the nspiration he will bring to millions of people in the process. Good luck Chuck!! Kick cancers ass!! CHUCK STRONG!!!

  32. Kelly's Chronicles says: Nov 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    The day I heard the word “remission” I immediately decided it was the most beautiful word in the English language. Congrats Coach….

  33. trollhammer20 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:31 PM

    Has the NFL Coach of the Year award ever been given to a guy who isn’t even on the field with his team for over half the season?

    Colts keep this up and make the playoffs, we just might see it this year.

    Not a Colts fan, but Go Chuck!

  34. jgava19 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:33 PM

    Why would any of you clowns be disliking these comments? Grow up, children!

  35. txtuff says: Nov 5, 2012 4:47 PM

    Awesome news! Keep fighting!

  36. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 5, 2012 5:06 PM

    This is great news! Congrats to all the medical staff who are helping with his treatment.

    Hopefully, he’ll be back on the sidelines soon.

  37. rickg6524 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:12 PM

    Sounds good for Chuck right now.

    But, as everyone knows you are never truly cured from cancer.

  38. rg3andout says: Nov 5, 2012 5:25 PM

    all that gives thumbs down, live a pathetic life

  39. 2difshoe says: Nov 5, 2012 5:32 PM

    Good news for a good man !

  40. thepvyharvin says: Nov 5, 2012 5:33 PM

    Instead of pulling 90% of my great comments why don’t you ban anyone who thumbs down good comments on stories like this?

  41. jeagan1999 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:34 PM

    God Bless, Coach! Keep fighting the good fight!

  42. lawyermalloy says: Nov 5, 2012 5:37 PM

    Mazel Tov!

  43. sean1525 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:57 PM

    Wonder if all these tough guys giving thumbs down would be so tough if you could see who was giving the thumbs down? At times like this, I truly hope karma exists!!! Good luck Coach – what a great, inspirational speech you gave after that win yesterday. How those guys managed to keep from crying on camera is beyond me.

  44. randomguy9999 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:40 PM

    awesome outcome coach….

    cancer gets about 40% of us all eventually… finally after decades we are close to finding cures….

    we are in the ‘red zone’ vs. cancer so fans please donate carefully to legitimate research like St. Judes etc. and we’ll get there soon….

  45. sfm073 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:52 PM

    I had cancer and went through chemo for 4 months and radiatin a month. I was working in 100 degree temperatures 2 months into my chemo. Toughen up coach.

  46. ddogdaddy says: Nov 5, 2012 8:31 PM

    Probably walked 5 miles to school and 10 miles home all uphill too.

  47. ddogdaddy says: Nov 6, 2012 7:35 AM

    If you want to know what type of person that would give a “thumbs down” to the positive comments left for Chuck Pagano, I will tell you. They are the over 30 year olds living rent free in their parents basement who also spends an unusally long time in the bathroom “reading” dads National Geographic magazine when it arrives in the mail.

  48. starderup says: Nov 6, 2012 8:56 AM

    My last radio treatment was December 2004. In 2009, my doctor told me she offers her patients the option of yearly visits or just checking back if anything changes.
    It has now been almost 8 years. Cancer can be beat. Follow your treatments, and keep a Positive Mental Attitude.

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