Pollard announces cancer diagnosis in letter to fans

Iowa State director of athletics Jamie Pollard has announced in a letter to fans he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had surgery to have a testicle removed last week prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

In the letter, Pollard writes his blood work and a CT scan on Monday came back clean and that the cancer has not spread from the point of origin.

“We also discussed next options, which include doing nothing other than monitoring my blood work and performing CT scans every 3-6 months, undergoing chemotherapy, or beginning radiation treatments. We visit an oncologist this Friday to learn more about my treatment options,” Pollard wrote of the next steps in his treatment. “I hope that I have limited the extent of my cancer through early detection and treatment. I am grateful for the doctors and medical providers here in Ames, who have been incredibly accessible and responsive to my case. Furthermore, my loving, and faithful family and a few co-workers and friends who knew of my condition have been incredibly supportive and encouraging the past several days.”

You can read Pollard’s full letter to fans right here.

Jared Stansbury


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