He just revealed that he was diagnosed with lung cancer last spring and has kept it a secret until now. The 83-year-old TV host received the terrifying news during a routine visit to the doctors, where he was told that "something looks amusing".
"The reason I go public with it is to tell people, 'Get a chest X-ray, '" the iconic broadcaster, 83, told "Extra" in a new interview. "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, '" explains King. "They tested it. They said, 'You are fine.' It was stage 1", Larry continued. Then the doctor says, 'I see a little spot here. King underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 17.
Since the diagnosis, King has had 20 percent of the affected lung removed. "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 stated.
Thankfully, the doctor caught the Larry King Now host's illness early. It was malignant. They were going to take it out if it was malignant or benign.
King said he's already back to work, hosting his Web-based shows "Larry King Now" and "Politicking with Larry King" and giving speeches. "I will probably die on the air. They are all painless".
This isn't the first time that the Peabody Award-winning journalist has battled health issues: He's previously been treated for prostate cancer with radiation.
Despite his many health crises over the years, King doesn't plan to retire.
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