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Syracuse women’s basketball standout Tiana Mangakahia diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer

The world can be an awful, cruel place sometimes. Life gives us twists, turns, and triumphs; but the human elements of life are emphasized when it becomes tough. Syracuse Orange women’s basketball point guard Tiana Mangakahia has battled against countless difficult opponents on the hardwood throughout her storied career in Australia and at Syracuse University, but no battle is larger than the one she announced she would begin to fight this week.

In the column attached to the above tweet, Mangakahia writes that she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer (Grade 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) on June 18 after undergoing tests and then a biopsy four days prior. She also says she is starting chemotherapy on Friday and “will have to” have surgery after receiving treatment.

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