ECU's Jeff Charles talks about return to action

His first game back since cancer diagnosis

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GREENVILLE - It's a double dose of good news for ECU Wednesday night. Not only did they defeat UAB, Jeff Charles returned to action as "The Voice of the Pirates."

 It was Charles' first time back on the job since his colon cancer diagnosis in December.

"Well, I'm feeling good," Charles said. "Maybe not 100 percent, but I'm certainly feeling good enough to start broadcasting East Carolina games again, on radio and doing our television work and work with Pirate Radio on a daily basis."

Charles said he plans to work the rest of ECU Basketball's home games this season.

"So we're back in the saddle again; it feels great," Charles said. "When I walked in here [Thursday night], Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, I just felt like I was back home. This is almost my home away from home, having done the games here for 25 years, and seeing all the familiar faces and the wonderful people here. It just feels great to be back."

Charles was diagnosed with cancer in early December. Since then, Charles has had several surgeries. He was scheduled to undergo chemo therapy treatments for six months as part of his recovery.

Charles had told Pirate Radio that the tumor removed from his colon, on a scale of one to four with four being the worst, was a four.

Doctors also discovered a tumor on his lung, but a biopsy showed it was non-cancerous.


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