Jan. 21, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -North Carolina State women's coach Kay Yow is continuing her cancer treatments in a hospital.

School spokesman Mark Kimmel said the Hall of Fame coach has been in the hospital since last week. She had been resting at home, but her oncologist - Dr. Mark Graham - advised her to enter the hospital.

"Dr. Graham thought it was in her best interest to go there and get the care she needs," Kimmel said.

The school did not release the name of the hospital where Yow is being treated. Graham also declined to comment on the specifics of Yow's condition, citing the coach's privacy.

"The complexity of her care could be better delivered in the hospital setting," he said.

Previously, Yow had often received care at Graham's offices. Occasionally, Graham or a nurse would go to Yow's home for treatment.

Yow, 66, announced earlier this month that she would not return to the team this season as she continues her fight against a disease she was first diagnosed with in 1987. The disease first recurred during the 2004-05 season, forcing her to miss two games that year and 16 more in the 2006-07 season.

Yow had missed four straight games this season before taking leave with what was described as an extremely low energy level, with the Wolfpack (8-10, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) winning three. But N.C. State has lost four straight games since by a combined 18 points, including overtime losses against highly ranked rivals North Carolina and Duke.

Associate head coach Stephanie Glance has led the program in Yow's absence each time, taking the title of interim coach for the rest of the season.

"Her spirits have been good," Graham said. "Coach Glance and the other staff have been briefing her, but she's been listening to and watching the games as they've been available."