Imus Says He Has Prostate Cancer
March 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM (PT)
ABC RADIO NETWORKS' DON IMUS told listeners MONDAY that he has stage II prostate cancer.
"I have great confidence in my doctors," IMUS said. "I'll be fine. If I'm not fine, I won't be fine. It's not a big deal. The prognosis couldn't be better."
Stage II prostate cancer is generally considered curable with surgery or radiation if isolated to the prostate, and some doctors and patients opt to forego treatment, since some consider treatment unnecessary or worse than the disease, where many men die from that rather than from the disease.
"In addition to everything else, my jaw is killing me," IMUS joked, complaining about TMJ.
IMUS Spokesperson MATTHEW HILTZIK said, "DON appreciates the good wishes he's already received from his listeners and viewers. After years at the IMUS RANCH surrounded by inspirational children battling cancer, DON is well-prepared to fight this. And no, this does not make him eligible for the kids' rodeo competition."
ABC RADIO NETWORKS President JIM ROBINSON said, "DON IMUS is a true fighter and all of us at the network are in his corner pulling for him. I know he is optimistic and has a great deal of confidence in his doctors who are providing excellent treatment. We know that as he faces this challenge he will emerge successful as he has throughout his life and career."