Larry King has revealed a secret battle with lung cancer.
The Brooklyn-born broadcasting legend recently received the dreaded diagnosis and went for surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 17, he told “Extra.”
“I have a checkup every year. I’ve gone through a lot in my life. I’ve had a heart attack and heart surgery. Part of my checkup is the chest X-ray, and that is the protocol. I do it every year … it was always normal. Then the doctor says, ‘I see a little spot here. Let’s do a CAT scan,'” King, 83, said.
After more testing, the doctor suggested the surgery, he said.
“They took it out. It was malignant. They were going to take it out if it was malignant or benign. They tested it. They said, ‘You are fine.’ It was Stage 1,” King told “Extra’s” Mario Lopez.
“I had no clue at all. If I had not had the chest X-ray, it would have progressed,” he said.
King, who hosted CNN’s pioneering “Larry King Live” from 1985 to 2010, praised his medical team for their delivery of the unnerving news.
“They did it so well. They said, ‘You have a very early stage of lung cancer.’ They said, ‘You can go to Europe, you can speak and come back,'” he said.
King said he was sharing his story to urge others — especially smokers or former smokers — to get chest X-rays.
“I smoked for 30 years. The day of the heart attack, I never smoked again, and I smoked three packs a day – I smoked in the shower,” he told “Extra.”
“Thirty years later, I said to the doctor, ‘Is this connected with that?’ Absolutely,” he said.
King said he’s already back to work, hosting his Web-based shows “Larry King Now” and “Politicking with Larry King” and giving speeches.
“I feel good,” he said. “I get my checkups, I stay healthy and I love working.”
King said if could land an interview with President Donald Trump, he wouldn’t hold back.
“Donald, I’ve know you for 35 years. Explain this to me. This is not the Donald I know. I haven’t heard from him since he was elected,” King would ask, he said.