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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Holan Wages Cancer Battle

DUARTE, California -- Milos Holan, a Czech-born defenseman for the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, has received a bone marrow transplant and is listed in stable condition, doctors said.


Holan, diagnosed last autumn with leukemia, will now be placed in isolation for three to five weeks to prevent any infectious diseases.


Dr. Stephen Forman, who was in charge of Wednesday's procedure, said that if in one year there are no complications and there is no recurrence of the leukemia, there is a chance Holan could rejoin the Mighty Ducks.


Holan, 24, was diagnosed with chronic granulocytic leukemia, a malignant disorder of the bone marrow, as a result of a training camp physical.


He continued playing since his condition was not considered life-threatening. He had four points in 16 games this season.


A donor, not related to Holan, was found Jan. 4 and he was placed on the injured reserve list to prepare for the operation. The preparation takes four to six weeks.