Pitt Women's Basketball Player Kyla Nelson Diagnosed With Cancer

The junior guard from England plans to play this season

Andrew Limberg
September 25, 2019 - 4:55 pm

University of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The University of Pittsburgh announced Wednesday afternoon that a member of the woman’s basketball team has been diagnosed with cancer.

Junior guard Kyla Nelson was diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumor of the appendix, cancer of the appendix last week.

 “Cancer is a scary word for anyone,” said Nelson. “I feel very lucky that the discovery was made at this early stage. I am grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing medical institution like Pitt and a team that is loving and supportive. My roommate has been great and I also have a family I can lean heavily on, even with the long distance between us.”

The university says the tumor was first discovered in late August after her appendix was removed and surgery to remove the tumor is planned for early October.

“My focus after surgery is full recovery,” stated Nelson. “I feel physically well and aim to get back on the court to help this team achieve all of our goals for this season as soon as possible.”

 “Although this situation is very unfortunate for Kyla, we are happy to know the prognosis is positive and we were able to catch it so early,” said second-year head coach Lance White. ”We have the upmost confidence in the UPMC medical team as well as our doctors and athletic trainers at Pitt.”

“Our Pitt women’s basketball family and athletic department are completely behind Kyla and we will give her all the support she needs during recovery,” expressed White. “We look forward to having her back on the court.”

Nelson averaged 6.0 points and 2.2 rebounds last season, her best as a Panther yet.

She also ranked fourth in the ACC for three-point percentage at 40.4 percent.

Nelson, a native of England, appeared in 30 games last season.

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