Longtime college basketball announcer Dick Vitale announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma just months after he had multiple surgeries for melanoma.
In a statement, the 82-year-old Vitale said he considers himself "very lucky" that he was able to detect the cancer early, and plans to treat it with steroids and six months of chemotherapy.
"I’ve seen firsthand the devastation that cancer can have on families, on children, and on all of our loved ones," Vitale said in a statement. "It can bring you to your knees. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting. It robs you of so many things, including life itself for some of the most unfortunate patients. I never lose sight of that, and that’s why I feel so lucky."
This is Vitale’s second diagnosis in less than two months, after having surgery in August to remove a form of melanoma.
According to Vitale, his doctors said his upcoming treatment has a 90% success rate, but still he knows it will be a lot tougher than his first bout of cancer.
Vitale said his work will continue with ESPN, who will work around his chemotherapy schedule.
After a short playing and coaching career, Dickie V joined the network in its infancy phase back in 1979, eventually becoming the face of its college basketball coverage.
Vitale thanked everyone for their support and kind words.
"I am lucky and blessed to have a great team of medical experts along with wonderful family support,” Vitale wrote. “I am also blessed to work with so many in my second family, ESPN. They have been so encouraging over the past three weeks as I’ve undergone one test after another in trying to analyze what was causing my symptoms.
“If you see me, please just give me a fist bump and say a prayer that I can return from being 82 years old to acting like I’m 12. Thanks so much for your love.”