Larry King Reveals Recovery from Secret Lung Cancer

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King, who stopped smoking 30 years ago after his heart attack, battled prostate in the past.

Larry King secretly underwent surgery after he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer following his annual physical.

King, 83, received the news during a routine visit with his doctor. "They said the spot looked pretty small". "When you are [getting] a checkup, get a chest X-ray because lung cancer ain't going to tell you it's there, but a simple chest X-ray will", the Larry King Now host explains, "If it shows you one little spot, you will do a CAT scan". King underwent surgery on July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

King is now opening up about the diagnosis and secret surgery with the hope of encouraging others to get regular checkups.

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The doctor told Larry, "You have a small [spot]".

His doctor revealed to Larry that had the cancer gone undetected he would have faced very serious health issues in the next 2-3 years. "They are all painless". I'd like to do an evening with Larry King where I tell stories and take questions from the audience. As for what is next for King, he claims he has no plans of slowing down in his life, he feels good and is keeping busy with his work, whether it be stand-up, writing books, or just telling his stories on TV or radio. "That would be on my bucket list".

"I'll die on the air probably", he told the outlet, smiling.

Despite his many health crises over the years, King doesn't plan to retire. The thrice-weekly program, which appears online via, and, ended its fifth season on July 7 with its 141st show, an interview with "Luke Cage" star Mike Colter.