ATLANTA (AP) Alabama athletic director Bill Battle says he has completed treatment for cancer.

Battle said Thursday in a statement released through the university that he expects to return to work soon on a limited basis.

He underwent a stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute on June 27. He was released from the hospital on July 8 and was cleared Wednesday to return home to Tuscaloosa after nearly two weeks of outpatient care while staying at his Marietta, Georgia home.

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The 74-year-old Battle says the outcome of the treatment was ''extremely positive.''

He cited the support of wife Mary, a licensed oncology nurse, and ''the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from around the country.''