Henson released from hospital, will start chemotherapy

Henson released from hospital, will start chemotherapy

Lou Henson is out of the hospital in Houston, his wife told The News-Gazette on Friday.

Mary Henson also said the winningest coach in Illinois men's basketball history will start chemotherapy treatments for a bone marrow disorder.

The 83-year-old coaching Hall of Famer flew to Houston last Sunday and checked into the MD Anderson Cancer Center for tests to determine why his immune system had become compromised. He had been in an isolation unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana prior to traveling to Houston.

Henson is staying in Houston with family. He is slated to receive seven days of treatment, then have 21 days off, for an indefinite period. It is indefinite because it depends on how he responds to the treatment.

Henson is slated to return to Champaign on July 12, and he will continue receiving treatments.

This isn't the first such health scare for Henson after he retired from coaching in 2005 after his second stint at New Mexico State. He has battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma and encephalitis prior to this latest health issue.

Henson, who will be inducted into the upcoming class of the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November, with ceremonies in Kansas City, Mo., won 779 games as a head coach in his career, ranking among the top 10 in career wins. He coached at Illinois from 1975 until 1996, taking the 1988-89 team to the Final Four and 11 other teams he coached with the Illini made the NCAA tournament.

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JimOATSfan wrote on June 27, 2015 at 7:06 pm


My understanding is that chemo destroys the immune system, which leads to ....