Notre Dame graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy taking leave of absence for cancer treatment

The former Notre Dame safety said he was diagnosed with a “very treatable form of cancer,” according to coach Brian Kelly.

Posted on Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.

NOTRE DAME — A member of the Notre Dame coaching staff is taking a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment.

Kyle McCarthy, a former Notre Dame safety who now serves as a graduate assistant for the Irish football team, will take intermittent leaves of absence after being diagnosed with a “very treatable form of cancer,” the university announced Thursday, Aug. 14.

“A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a very treatable form of cancer,” said McCarthy in a statement issued by the school. “Yesterday, I began chemotherapy as the next step in eliminating this disease. I'm truly blessed to have such amazing love and support from family and friends.

“Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. I expect a full recovery and look forward to returning to the team during and after my treatment. Go Irish!”

McCarthy is in his first year as a graduate assistant with the Irish after serving as the Notre Dame’s team captain in 2009. He signed with the Denver Broncos in 2010 and later played with the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. A knee injury ended his NFL career last fall.

“Kyle’s attitude and outlook toward his treatment is remarkable,” head coach Brian Kelly said in the statement. “We will support him the entire way. We are very confident he’ll receive the necessary treatment to make a complete recovery.”

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