Rush Limbaugh announces cancer diagnosis

Rush Limbaugh (USA Today photo via Getty Images)
Photo credit Rush Limbaugh (USA Today photo via Getty Images)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Radio personality Rush Limbaugh announced Monday that he has an advanced form of lung cancer.

He said he intends to still host his show during his treatment, though there will be some days that he will not host it.

"(I plan to) do this show as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally," Limbaugh said. "(and) personally. I've had so much support from family and friends during this that it's been tremendous. I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about. But I do and I have been working that relationship tremendously, which I do regularly anyway, but I've been focused on it intently for the past couple of weeks."

Limbaugh said on his radio show that he first felt that something was wrong around January 12. He first learned of his diagnosis on January 20 by two professional medical institutions. He said he is feeling zero symptoms but acknowledged a shortness of breath and a pulmonary problem.

"I'm going to be gone the next couple of days as we figure out the treatment course of action and have further testing done, but as I said, I'm going to be here as often as I can," Limbaugh said.

He was reluctant to discuss personal matters and distract from his work, he said, and wasn't seeking to cover up his illness. He realized it was better to be honest and avoid the speculation that would follow when he has to miss being on air for treatment or as the result of treatment, Limbaugh added.

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