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Rivers undergoes throat surgery

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  May 17, 2011 06:54 PM

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers has undergone successful surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat, according to a press release from the team. The release said doctors told Rivers he is cancer free.

The procedure comes seven months after Rivers had a biopsy to determine if lesions on his throat were cancerous. The results of those tests came back negative, but he wasn't on the bench for the Celtics' preseason game against the Nets Oct. 20.

He said at the time, "Family-wise, because we have some history with my father-in-law, who died of throat cancer, anything in that area alarms everybody. So the family's always concerned with stuff like that."

Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million extension last week.

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