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UB coach Nate Oats reports tests show his wife is cancer-free

The wife of University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Nate Oats has received great news in her nearly year-long battle with cancer.

“Got Crystal’s test results back,” Oats said via his Twitter account Thursday. “Everything came back cancer free.”

Oats said his wife now will get tested every three months for the next two years make sure the cancer has not returned.

“Thanks for everyone’s prayers,” Nate Oats said.

Crystal Oats was diagnosed with an aggressive type of Lymphoma in October 2015. Lymphoma is any group of blood-cell tumors that develop from the circulatory system. Crystal Oats had “double-hit” lymphoma, which refers to the fact two genes are responsible for the aggressive cell growth.

Crystal Oats underwent aggressive chemotherapy treatment over the next few  months. By the time UB won the Mid-American Conference championship in early March, doctors were optimistic about her response to treatments. She was able to attend UB’s MAC title-game win over Akron in Cleveland. Crystal Oats underwent a subsequent powerful course of chemotherapy treatment in the spring to help ensure that there were no signs of the lymphoma.

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