Larry King is going public with his brush with lung cancer.
The legendary television host got candid for this week’s issue of US Weekly about his private struggle with the disease.
“I go for my checkup and they say, ‘Let’s do a chest X-ray,’ and the doctor said to me, ‘Something looks funny,'” he recalled to the magazine. “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.'”
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The 83-year-old host, who received the devastating news during a routine check-up, underwent surgery at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on July 17. Thankfully, the cancer was caught early, King revealed. “The doctor said to me, ‘It was malignant, but you were in the first stage. If it had stayed and we didn’t find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it, and you were lucky.’”
According to US Weekly, King spent only two weeks in recovery before returning to work. ”They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear,” he told the magazine. “It was fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now. They took off 20 per cent of the lung.”
On Wednesday, a representative for the TV personality released a statement to ET Canada about his diagnosis and subsequent surgery:
“In July 2017 Larry King was diagnosed with stage 1 Adenocarcinoma, the most common type of lung cancer through a routine chest examination. He immediately underwent a successful surgery to remove the upper lobe & lymph node. Larry returned to work two weeks later, having just celebrated his 60th year in broadcasting. He looks forward to working for another 60 years and thanks everyone for their well wishes!”
He later thanked fans for their concern, tweeting he was “as healthy as can be.”
This isn’t King’s first major health scare. In the late ’80s, the star had a heart attack shortly after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. And in his 70s King was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was cured with radiation treatment.
Though he stopped smoking over 30 years ago, King would like to remind younger generations of the decades-long side effects caused by cigarettes. “The doctor said that tobacco from 30 years ago is still related to this lung cancer,” he shared before warning readers that “when you are [getting] a checkup, get a chest X-ray because lung cancer ain’t going to tell you it’s there, but a simple chest X-ray will.”