Larry King Shocks Fans With Lung Cancer Diagnosis At 83!

Larry King Says He Was Operated on for Lung Cancer

Larry King Says He Was Operated on for Lung Cancer

"It's fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now", he said, adding, "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".

King's doctors attributed his lung cancer to his years of smoking three packs a day, despite stopping after his heart attack.

Veteran broadcaster Larry King says he battled lung cancer this summer but appears to have the disease at bay.

"Afterwards, King had surgery at Los Angeles" Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to remove the cancerous spot.

"The doctor said to me, 'It was malignant but you were in the first stage".

Because Larry's malignant was caught in the early stages, he was thankfully given the all-clear after it had been removed, taking off 20 percent of his lung with it.

Narrating the moments that led to his secret diagnosis, King says the doctors revealed the shocking news during one of his routine visits.

Now, he advocates for people who reach a certain age to undergo chest scans, especially if they have a history of smoking. "The reason I go public with it is to tell people, 'Get a chest X-ray.' I smoked for thirty years". A small spot was found on King's lung, and Larry was scheduled for surgery.

King said, "I had no clue at all". "I only had a little pain and some shortness of breath but once my speech is back full - and that took about a week - I went right back to work".

He also acknowledged that he is living in the final years of his already long lifetime, and he feels/hopes that when his time does eventually come, that he will die on the air doing what he loves.

"I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. I have no plans to retire", he told Us, "I've never ever felt better than I do now".

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