Former CNN host Larry King made a tragic announcement this week when he revealed that he has secretly been battling stage 1 lung cancer since July.
Daily Mail reported that King, 83, revealed that he got the news when doctors decided to do a X-ray on his chest.
“The doctor said to me, ‘Something looks funny,'” King recalled. “They said the spot looked pretty small. I then did a CAT scan then a PET scan and then he said to me, ‘You have lung cancer, but it looks very small, in the beginning stages.'”
This came as a major shock to King, as he has not touched a cigarette in over 30 years. However, he was lucky in that doctors caught it so early that they were able to surgically remove the tumor, and he did not have to undergo chemotherapy. On July 17, King underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was back to work in two weeks.
“They did it so well. They said, ‘You have a very early stage of lung cancer,'” King said. “They said, ‘You can go to Europe, you can speak and come back.'”
King was lucky that the doctors actually caught the cancer early, as lung cancer does not typically show symptoms until later stages. If it is caught later and has grown to a significant size or has spread, it can be inoperable and cause death.
Now, King can only hope that the cancer will not come back. However, he also has no intention of slowing down.
“I will probably die on the air,” he said, explaining that he’s never felt better even after the major surgery. “I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. I have no plans to retire.”
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