NCAA president Myles Brand revealed Saturday that he has pancreatic cancer.
"The long-term prognosis is not good," Brand wrote to colleagues. "I am currently undergoing chemotherapy, and I am receiving excellent care. I will know in the next several months the success of this treatment."
Pancreatic cancer has a dismal survival rate and is often called a "silent killer" because it is difficult to detect in early stages.
"I will let you know if there is a change in my condition," Brand wrote. "But I do want to take this time to sincerely thank all those who wished me well when they learned that I was ill."
Brand, 66, has been the head of the NCAA since 2003.