Television and radio icon Larry King has come forth about his recent battle with cancer.
Very happy to hear you're better, Larry. I'm not surprised. You're the once and future and always King!— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) September 14, 2017
King's rep told CNN that Larry 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 and 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!"
It wasn’t really a battle. It was really strange, Mario. I have a checkup every year. I’ve gone through a lot in my life — I’ve had a heart attack and heart surgery. Part of my checkup is the chest X-ray, and that is the protocol. I do it every year... it was always normal. Then the doctor says, ‘I see a little spot here. Let’s do a CAT scan, so they do a CAT scan, and they say, 'Let’s do a PET scan'… I don’t think there are any other scans.
King was even able to travel to Europe for a scheduled speech before he returned for his surgery on July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
King has been open with his medical issues in the past, speaking about his 1987 heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery. He said wanted to talk about his cancer diagnosis to help others.