Burns begins new battle against cancer
7/7/2005 10:12:49 AM
Pat Burns is battling cancer -- again.
The New Jersey Devils' head coach was declared cancer free by doctors
in April -- after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon
cancer last year -- but sources tell TSN a routine blood test in May
showed Burns now has a different form of cancer.
Burns, who had been living in Florida, returned to New Jersey last
week and underwent surgery in a hospital there for the removal of the
cancer. A source close to Burns said the former cop turned NHL coach
will now spend some time at his home in New Hampshire and get a new
round of chemotherapy treatment in Boston over the course of the
"Pat wants everyone in hockey to know he's still alive and well and
while this is a setback, he's strong, he's fit and he's going to
fight this and win," a source close to Burns told TSN. "His spirits
are good and he's confident. Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils
have been fantastic through all of this. Lou has been right there
with Pat every step of the way."