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Marcus Smart reveals his mother has cancer

Marcus Smart Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart has been sidelined since mid-March. –AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Celtics guard Marcus Smart revealed Tuesday that his 63-year-old mother, Camellia, has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of cancer caused by abnormalities in the blood-forming cells in bone marrow.

“At this point, from what they told me, they’re just trying to preserve life right now,’’ Smart said. “You can’t fix it. Would have to get a whole transplant, and at her age that’s tough. Transplant would probably be more harmful than good.’’

Smart, who has been sidelined since tearing a tendon in his right thumb on March 11, learned of his mother’s condition when he visited her in Texas for a few days last week. Camellia Smart once made it through quadruple-bypass surgery, and Smart is confident that she will fight this disease, too.

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