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Minnesota Timberwolves' Flip Saunders diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

Minnesota Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders discloses that he has been battling Hodgkin's lymphoma after being diagnosed with the illness two months ago.

Minnesota Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The 60-year-old has been battling the disease for two months after being diagnosed in June and has undergone treatment, which has included chemotherapy.

Saunders has revealed that he is determined to beat the illness and remain in his position at the club.

"[It is a] very treatable and curable form of cancer. I am taking it step by step and day by day to understand how to best manage this process," Saunders said in a statement.

"I want to thank [Wolves physician] Dr [Sheldon] Burns as well as my medical team at Mayo Clinic for their hard work in diagnosing my situation and creating a plan to help me achieve a cancer-free outcome.

"I am attacking this with the same passion I do everything in my life, knowing this is a serious issue. I also know that God has prepared me to fight this battle."

Saunders rejoined the Timberwolves for his second spell as coach of the club last year.

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