Legendary radio and TV talker Larry King has revealed he was diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer earlier this summer.
“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,’” the 83-year-old media personality told Us Weekly in an interview published Wednesday.
“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,’” he said.
A prodigious and multitalented media personality, Mr. King went back to work just two weeks after going under the knife at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Us, a feat all the more remarkable given his estimate that surgeons removed 20 percent of his cancer-afflicted lung.
After 27 years at CNN, Mr. King in 2012 took his talents to a new on-demand TV venture he co-founded, called Ora TV. The outlet currently carries Mr. King’s interview program’s “Larry King Now” and “Politicking”; both programs are also now aired on RT America, a network with ties to the Russian government.
“I will probably die on the air. I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. I have no plans to retire,” Mr. King, who kicked his decades-long smoking habit in the late 1980s, told Us Weekly. “I’ve never ever felt better than I do now.”
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