Smart is scheduled for surgery Wednesday after being diagnosed several weeks ago with early stage prostate cancer.
According to Smart, the doctors believe they caught the cancer early and that he'll have a fast and full recovery.
A statement by Smart to the university community Monday morning read, "Several weeks ago I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. As you probably know, having prostate cancer doesn’t make me special. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2013."
Smart tells KSMU he’s optimistic about the procedure and looks forward to returning to campus following the recovery period, which he believes will last about three weeks.