13 September, 2017
Larry King secretly battled lung cancer and hasn't spoken about it until now. The TV host, 83, revealed to Us Weekly that he found out about his shocking diagnosis during a routine procedure and underwent surgery immediately after to cure it.
"They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear", he said. I do it every year...
"The doctor said to me, 'It was malignant but you were in the first stage".
The doctor told Larry, "You have a small [spot]. It could be malignant, it could be benign - we ought to take it out".
King's doctors allowed him to go on a two-week European speaking tour before he returned to have surgery to remove the malignant tumor.
"They took it out".
"They went in through my ribs with a tiny camera and snipped it out", he said. "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'".
"I had no clue at all". "If I had not had the chest X-ray, it would have progressed". Doctors attributed the lung cancer to King's history as a smoker, though King says he hasn't smoked a cigarette since he had a heart attack in the late '80s.
"Thirty years later, I said to the doctor, 'Is this connected with that?' Absolutely", he said.
Larry added he is now on the mend. He told "Extra's" Mario Lopez he'll now be getting a chest X-ray every six months.