ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale reveals lymphoma diagnosis, but will remain on the air

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Longtime ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale announced he had been diagnosed with another form of cancer, after having had multiple surgeries for melanoma during the first summer.

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Vitale revealed Monday that tests over the past three weeks have confirmed a diagnosis of lymphoma, unrelated to his earlier cancer. However, he said his prognosis is good and that he will continue to work around his upcoming chemotherapy schedule.

“With all this, I consider myself very lucky,” He said in a statement via ESPN.


“I’ve seen firsthand the impact cancer can have on families, on children, and on all our loved ones. It can bring you to your knees. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting. It robs you of many things, including life. Myself to some of the most unfortunate patients. I never see it, and so I feel very lucky.”

Vitale, 82, credits early detection and screening for helping him manage his cancer.

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Doctors plan to treat her lymphoma with steroids and six months of chemotherapy. Surgery this summer effectively removed the melanoma, which Vitale said “cleared up completely.”

Vitale is under contract with ESPN during the 2021-22 college basketball season.

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