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Monday, October 27, 2014

Penguins Injury Update: Olli Maatta will Undergo Surgery to Have Tumor Removed

By on 10/27/2014 06:43:00 PM

Next week, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo surgery to have a tumor near his thyroid removed. Doctors say that there is an 85 percent chance the tumor is cancerous. 

Sportsnet Canada is reporting that the cancer could be a low-grade thyroid cancer. The Pittsburgh Penguins physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, said “Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery.” Olli Maatta is allowed to play until he undergoes the surgery. Through seven games, Maatta has one goal and four assists. Pittsburgh has three straight home games before heading out on the road next Tuesday (11/4) against Minnesota. Maatta will more than likely play in the next three games and then prepare for surgery once the Penguins head west. 

Once the surgery is complete, the timetable for his return is approximately four weeks. The surgery should not affect his ability to play hockey long term. 

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