Larry King reveals lung cancer surgery


Talk show host Larry King said he was diagnosed with lung cancer during a routine visit to the doctor, Us Weekly reported.

>> Read more trending news 

The early diagnosis allowed King, 83, to have surgery and recover from the cancer.

"I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray,’ and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks funny,'" King told Us Weekly. “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.’”

King underwent surgery on July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Us Weekly reported.

"The doctor said to me, 'It was malignant but you were in the first stage,”’ King said. “‘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.’”

After a two-week recovery, King returned to work. 

"They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear," he says. "It was fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now. They took off 20 percent of the lung."

King has had several health issues through the years. He had a heart attack in February 1987 and had bypass surgery 10 months later after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Then, in his 70s, he found out that he had prostate cancer, which was treated with radiation and did not require surgery.

King hasn't smoked since his heart attack, but the doctor told him that tobacco from 30 years ago is still related to his lung cancer.

“Larry King Now,” which just began its sixth season, airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at www.ora.tv/LarryKingNow

King doesn't have any plans to slow down. 

. "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," he told Us Weekly. "I've never, ever felt better than I do now."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Police: Florida woman kills husband, hides his duct taped body in closet
Police: Florida woman kills husband, hides his duct taped body in closet

A 65-year-old Florida woman was arrested and accused of murdering her husband and then hiding his duct-taped body behind a brick wall she built inside a closet.  Barbara Wozniak, of Shalimar, was charged with second-degree murder Friday night while she was already in the Okaloosa County jail on another charge of tampering with evidence...
5 things to know about Middletown’s holiday drive-through display
5 things to know about Middletown’s holiday drive-through display

Here are five things to know about Light Up Middletown at Smith Park in Middletown: 1. Hours of operation The 19th Light Up Middletown is open from 6 to 10 p.m. every night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. RELATED: Light Up Middletown adds more attractions for its 19th season 2. What to expect...
‘Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dead at 91
‘Cosby Show’ actor Earle Hyman dead at 91

Earle Hyman, the actor best known for playing Russell Huxtable, Bill Cosby’s wise father on “The Cosby Show,” died Friday. He was 91. Hyman died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., his nephew, Rick Ferguson, told The Hollywood Reporter. Hyman played Othello on stage, was a regular on Broadway and received a Tony...
Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses pay tribute to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young
Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses pay tribute to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young

The Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses paid tribute to Malcolm Young, the AC/DC rhythm guitarist who died Saturday at age 64. Both bands dedicated songs during their respective concerts to Young, who died three years after being diagnosed with dementia. The Foo Fighters opened its concert in Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival with a blistering...
German Christmas market coming to Hamilton
German Christmas market coming to Hamilton

Hamilton’s Christkindlmarkt is an authentic German Christmas market held Dec. 1-3 at Courtyard by Marriott, 1 Riverfront Plaza. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 2, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3. MORE: There’s plenty of local holiday events to fill your calendar. Find more here The Christkindlmarkt follows in the...
More Stories