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"I think the major desire for me is to kick this cancer's butt," Karl said. "My hope and I think the doctors are very hopeful and confident that it is a curable and treatable disease. While my family has battled cancer, I'm somewhat of an amateur but it is something that has to be treated immediately.
"I think I'm very blessed to have a great family and an organization that has supported me through all this, and great friends and a great team. I will need all of them in different ways. I don't think I'm a guy that needs sympathy but I do need support."
While treatable, Saari, said Karl faced a taxing treatment regimen.
He said the chemo therapy was intended to make the cancerous cells in Karl's body more susceptible to the effects of radiation.
Then, he said, "The idea is to really hit it hard with radiation therapy."
But the radiation, to be administered continuously for five days a week for the next six weeks, will take a physical toll on Karl, especially during the latter portion of treatment, Saari said.
"Coach is going to have a tough time," Saari said. "The first three to four weeks, I think he is going to do very well. The last 2 1/2 to three weeks of the therapy will be difficult."
Karl said he's still coming to grips with this second bout with cancer.
"Someone asked me the question, Have I come to terms with this one," he said. "I don't think I have.
"I don't care if it's a curable one or uncurable. There's no guaranteed contracts in this gig. Doctors are very confident, but mutations of cells come in different forms. We'll just give it the best shot that we have."
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