"I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray, and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks amusing, '" King explained.
The veteran television broadcaster, 83, recently revealed to People magazine that he underwent a secret surgery after his physician discovered a trace of what appeared to be lung cancer during a routine appointment in July.
"They said I was lucky and smart to get annual chest X-rays because lung cancer doesn't give you any signs until it's in late stages", he said. King said that he quit smoking almost 30 years ago, but the doctors said that the lung cancer likely stemmed from his previous years of smoking up to three packs a day.
Luckily for the Brooklyn native, doctors caught the cancer at an early stage and were able to forego chemotherapy. Then the doctor says, 'I see a little spot here.
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King recalled how he found out he had cancer, saying the doctor told him, "You have a small [spot]. They took off 20 percent of the lung", he explains. It was malignant. They were going to take it out if it was malignant or benign.
"The last day of the heart attack, I never smoked again, and I smoked three packs a day - I smoked in the shower. I have no plans to retire", King said. "The reason I go public with it is to tell people, 'Get a chest X-ray.' I smoked for thirty years". King said if he spoke to Trump today, he would say, "Donald, I've know you for 35 years". Fans of Larry King can look for Larry to share more on his recent lung cancer issues and life on "Larry King Now", whichairs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Ora TV.
"I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now".
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.