Larry King revealed on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer and had successful surgery this summer. "The doctor said to me, 'Something looks amusing.' They said the spot looked pretty small". And King quit smoking after a heart attack in the late '80s, though his years of smoking before that are still to blame for his lung cancer scare this year, his doctor told him. 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. I've gone through a lot in my life. He said that he first found out about the diagnosis in July after a CAT scan and PET scan. "I want people to make sure to get annual X-rays". "I've done comedy, stand-up, I tell stories, I've written 15 books, I have done television [and] radio", King muses. "I would like to do six months on Broadway", he revealed. I'd like to do an evening with Larry King where I tell stories and take questions from the audience. Now, the Larry King Now host is now feeling better than ever, and doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon. "I will probably die on the air", he joked.
On his general wellbeing, Larry said defiantly: "I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now".
Despite his many health crises over the years, King doesn't plan to retire.
King has had health issues in the past, including a heart attack and prostate cancer. The thrice-weekly program, which appears online via Ora.tv, Hulu.com and RT.com, ended its fifth season on July 7 with its 141st show, an interview with "Luke Cage" star Mike Colter.