Rivers has benign polyp removed from throat

Rivers has benign polyp removed from throat
May 17, 2011, 2:14 pm
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By A. Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON The Boston Celtics announced Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers underwent successful surgery to remove a benign polyp from his throat.

According to the Celtics, doctors informed Rivers he is cancer-free.

Rivers underwent a biopsy in October to determine if lesions found on his throat at the time were cancerous. According to Rivers at the time, tests at that time came back negative.

"I'm doing great," Rivers said following Tuesday's surgery. "Thank you to everyone checking in on me. I can't talk for two weeks which I'm sure my players and family extremely happy."

At the time of his biopsy in October, Rivers said he was encouraged by former Celtics coach Jim O'Brien to have vocal cords examined annually.

"I'm glad I did it," Rivers said.

Doctors found a spot on Rivers' vocal cords in October, which prompted Rivers to have additional tests performed that revealed the growth was non-cancerous.

After his most recent surgery, Rivers was once again encouraging all coaches to have their vocal cords examined.

"We put a lot of stress on our vocal cords during the course of a season," Rivers said.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn