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Doctor: UNC Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell doing well during treatment for leukemia


FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012, file photo, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell, left, and associate head coach Andrew Calder shout at an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College in Boston. Coach Hatchell, a recently inducted Naismith Hall of Famer, is away from the team while she receives treatment for leukemia. Longtime assistant Calder is leading the program in Hatchell's absence and said the team will follow her plans for this team until she returns. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File) (The Associated Press)

The doctor overseeing North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell's leukemia treatment says the recently inducted Naismith Hall of Famer is doing well.

In a statement from the school, Dr. Pete Voorhees with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center says Hatchell "has tolerated therapy exceptionally well" and that "early indicators are that the leukemia is responding to therapy." Voorhees said doctors are "extremely pleased" so far.

Hatchell stepped away from the team for treatment last month. In a statement, Hatchell praised the staff at the Lineberger Center, adding: "I'm feeling better every day and I cannot wait to get back and coach my Tar Heels."

The No. 12 Tar Heels play their final exhibition Tuesday night against Wingate, then open the regular season Nov. 8 against Air Force.