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MSU's Jackie Stiles Diagnosed with Cancer


Missouri State University’s assistant women’s basketball coach and former MSU basketball standout, Jackie Stiles, has announced she has cancer.

According to a statement from MSU, Stiles will undergo treatment for ocular melanoma.  She’ll be absent from the sideline for the next several games.

Stiles said she’s thankful the cancer was caught early and hasn’t spread. She’s optimistic she’ll make a full recovery. 

“I am grateful for any thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Stiles said.  “I look forward to speaking publicly about this once I return to the team."

"Jackie means so much to this program, university and community,” said MSU women’s basketball coach, Kellie Harper. “All of our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and her family as she begins this treatment. We are confident she will make full recovery and we look forward to having her back with the team."