Dick Vitale diagnosed with lymphoma, plans to work through treatment
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Dick Vitale diagnosed with lymphoma, plans to work through treatment

Tyler Thompsonabout 1 month


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Photo by Dr. Michael Huang | Kentucky Sports Radio

We just got some tough news about one of college basketball’s most iconic announcers. For the second time in only a few months, Dick Vitale has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. In a letter to his fans on ESPN, the legendary announcer shared that he has lymphoma. He plans to work through his treatments.

The plan is to treat my lymphoma with steroids and six months of chemotherapy. The medical experts tell me it has a 90-percent cure rate. They say I can continue to work so I will have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will monitor my test results along the way.

Dick Vitale

In August, Vitale underwent multiple surgeries to remove melanoma from his face. Thankfully, he says the melanoma has been totally cleared and doctors believe the lymphoma diagnosis is unrelated. Vitale, who is entering his 43rd season of calling college basketball, is well known for his work with the V Foundation and fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer research.

“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,” Vitale wrote. “Thanks so much for your love.”

Get well soon, Dickie V!

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