Chuck Pagano's Doctors Say Colts Coach's Cancer in Remission

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts watches from the sidelines against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Things just continue to get better for the Indianapolis Colts

After improving their record to 5-3 in what most people expected to be a rebuilding year, the Colts got fantastic news regarding head coach Chuck Pagano's acute promyelocytic leukemia.

The news comes from the Indy Star's Shari Rudavsky:

Lest his appearance at Sunday’s game wasn’t proof enough, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has so far passed the standard test that cancer doctors administer to leukemia patients with flying colors, his doctors say.

In fact, in medical-speak Pagano can now be considered in remission, said his oncologist Dr. Larry Cripe, an associate professor of medicine at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

While this is undoubtedly the best news you'll hear all day, Pagano isn't yet out of the woods.

According to Rudavsky, in most cases similar to Pagano's, chemotherapy is needed three times. So far, the 52-year-old has only been through one round. Rudavsky reported that doctors have made it clear that it's important not to ease up on the treatment just yet.

Still, the following sessions are reportedly less intense than what Pagano has already went through, and if the last two months are any indication, he's ready to beat the battle. 

Pagano displayed his immense strength and will to fight with an incredibly uplifting speech on Sunday after Indianapolis' win over the Miami Dolphins:

As Pagano continues to get healthier and his outlook continues to get brighter, you can bet that his football team, which is looking more and more like a team of destiny playing for its coach, will continue to battle toward the playoffs.