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Addressing The Issue
Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Broyles Pushes Forward, Discusses Options For Cancer Treatment

By Grant Hall

FAYETTEVILLE -- Frank Broyles, Arkansas' athletic director for the past 29 years, has no plans to step down any time soon despite the recent discovery he has prostate cancer.

Broyles, 77, called a news conference Tuesday to thank friends for all their encouraging letters and calls, and to discuss his options for treatment of the cancer.

"Ron Calcagni, my quarterback at Arkansas in 1976, called today to remind me that when he was injured that year I encouraged him to press on," Broyles said. "He told me today to do the same thing, and that's what I plan to do."

Broyles resigned as Arkansas' football coach in 1976 after 19 years but has been the athletic director since July, 1973.

He hopes to stay in the post at least three more years, and said he doesn't expect to miss more than two days of work while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

"There are a number of treatments with a high percentage of success," Broyles said. "I haven't made up my mind which type to try. I'm going to Seattle next week to one of the leading clinics to get a couple of opinions, and I'll make my decision sometime next week."

Broyles has already adopted a diet which he says can work in the manner of chemotherapy.

"If I were 55, I'd probably have surgery," Broyles said. "But doctors don't recommend it for prostate cancer if you're over 72, and I think I'm older than that. But physically I could do it; my stress test with my heart indicates that. I would be off work six to eight days if I had surgery, but that's unlikely."

Broyles said even if he chose surgery he could still make any UA athletic decisions that might arise.

"My doctors discovered this cancer early, and I've read a lot about it in the last 10 days," Broyles said. "I'll have more tests (today). Mine is an intermediary type, as the majority are. It's not aggressive but it's not dormant either.

"On a scale of 1-to-10, 5 is very low and 8-9-10 is aggressive. I'm a 7, so you want to treat it."

Broyles said 40 to 50 percent of cancer patients treat the disease unconventionally -- under which umbrella his diet comes. He said it included carrot juice. Broyles already had taken selenium and Vitamin E -- two useful weapons against prostate cancer -- for several years.

"If this treatment is successful, my doctor tells me I'll be a very active golfer at age 95," Broyles said.

Mike Slive, the new Southeastern Conference commissioner, called Broyles to tell him he had had successful prostate cancer surgery six years ago.

"I didn't want to go public with this, but all the letters and calls have helped me press on," Broyles said. "It's also a chance to encourage men to take a PSA test every year. We're so fortunate in Northwest Arkansas to have NARTI (Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute in Springdale). They've been so helpful with their expertise."

Broyles said his longtime friend, former Texas football coach Darrell Royal, had now promised to be tested for prostate cancer.
07-10-2002 08:38 AM
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Broyles is an amazing person.....he is a good fighter.
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