MADISON, Wis. -- Penn State assistant coach Jay Paterno says his father is handling lung cancer treatments "very well."
Former Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness earlier this month. After Saturday's 45-7 loss at Wisconsin, Jay Paterno said his father is "going through treatments" and "handling it very well."
The family has requested privacy, saying doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will make a full recovery.
School trustees fired Joe Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.