Joe Paterno's son says dad has lung cancer

November, 18, 2011
11/18/11
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More sad news out of State College on Friday as Scott Paterno says his father, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Fortunately, the form of cancer is treatable, and Scott Paterno said in a statement to the AP that Joe's doctors are "optimistic he will make a full recovery." Paterno turns 85 on Dec. 21.

Doctors made the diagnosis last weekend after Joe Paterno went in for a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.
"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said in a brief statement.

Penn State's Board of Trustees fired Paterno last Wednesday in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno had announced earlier in the day that he would retire at the end of the season.

It's good to hear Joe is expected to make a full recovery. I'm sure Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley will inform the players of the news, if he hasn't already. It's sure to stir even more emotions for a team that has been through a lot in the past two weeks.

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