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Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun says he had surgery to remove cancer from lungs in May

Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun says he had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs.

Calhoun mentioned the surgery Monday while taping an episode of YES Network's Center Stage with Michael Kay in New York.

Calhoun told YES that doctors removed the growth, concerned it might be related to a previous skin cancer.

Reached later by telephone, Calhoun confirmed the surgery.

"It was cancer-related, yes," he told The Associated Press. "I'm not going to talk about it. I was out for a day and a half. I'm completely healthy now."

Calhoun, who also had spinal surgery in February, retired in September weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured hip suffered in a bicycling accident.

Calhoun also told YES that he has not completely ruled out a return to coaching.