Larry King Reveals His Secret Lung Cancer Diagnosis

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Larry King has been secretly fighting lung cancer this year. 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. "The doctor said to me, 'Something looks amusing.' They said the spot looked pretty small". "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'".

He underwent surgery in Los Angeles on July 17.

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. "It was fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now. They took off 20 percent of the lung", he explains.

King has had other health scares in the past: in 1987, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and in 1999, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear", he said proudly. "I saw all the warnings but I never paid attention", he said.

Despite his many health crises over the years, King doesn't plan to retire. "I've done everything I can do".

Now, King said he will get a chest X-ray every six months.

As someone who's been on our TV screens for 60 years, it's easy to think of Larry King as invincible. "That would be on my bucket list".

"I'll die on the air probably", he joked. I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. "The day of the heart attack, I never smoked again, and I smoked three packs a day - I smoked in the shower", he told "Extra".

Fortunately, King is doing better. After undergoing a CT scan and a positron emission tomography scan, King said doctors diagnosed him with stage 1 lung cancer. "They are all painless".

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