Caris LeVert wasn’t on the bench for the Indiana Pacers during their Monday night game against the Toronto Raptors, and now we know why: he’d just had surgery. The Pacers announced on Tuesday that LeVert underwent surgery on Monday to remove a mass on his left kidney. The surgery was successful and LeVert is expected to make a full recovery.
OFFICIAL: Caris LeVert underwent successful surgery to treat renal cell carcinoma of his left kidney. No further treatment is needed. Caris is expected to make a full recovery and will be out indefinitely. https://t.co/5UAOhdzAj9
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 26, 2021
Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer. With the success of the surgery, LeVert won’t need any additional treatment.
Trade to Pacers led to discovery
A few weeks ago, when he was a member of the Brooklyn Nets, LeVert had no idea there was anything wrong with him. It wasn’t until he was traded to the Pacers as part of the James Harden deal that his cancer came to light. LeVert had an MRI as part of the standard trade medical exam, and the results revealed that he had a mass on his left kidney.
LeVert told ESPN shortly after the discovery that he feels the trade may have saved his life.
“I didn’t have any symptoms. I was playing in games. I hadn’t missed any games this season yet. I was feeling 100 percent healthy,” LeVert said Tuesday, via ESPN. “So, in a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body, so I’m definitely looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could’ve possibly saved me in the long run.”
LeVert will be out indefinitely as he recovers from surgery.
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