Dick Vitale announces he’s cancer free: ‘Santa Claus came early’
Christmas may be 11 days away, but ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and his family got an early present.
The legendary commentator announced on Thursday night that his doctors had told him that he was cancer-free.
Vitale had been battling vocal cord cancer for the past five months.
Santa Claus came early for me & my family, Vitale wrote on X. Just was on the phone with Dr. Rick Brown (my oncologist), Dr. Ken Meredith (bloodwork). They gave me super news that the PET SCAN was clean (NO CANCER) & my bloodwork was all very good. TO many of you I send love & THANK YOU for ur prayers!
Earlier on Thursday he had posted on social media that he had gone in for the tests and scans and asked for prayers for good news.
I have heard from many cancer patients that say it is the most nervous time waiting for the call with the news, Vitale wrote on X.
Dick Vitale revealed he is once again cancer-free. Getty ImagesThe July diagnosis had been Vitales third cancer bout after dealing with melanoma and lymphoma previously.
Vitale had undergone six weeks of radiation treatments before being told to rest his voice following the diagnosis.
Thursdays news drew plenty of excitement from Vitales fans and broadcasting colleagues, with his announcement drawing over 1,000 comments and 1,000 reposts on X.
Just completed the PET SCAN – now waiting for results which brings so much anxiety .I have heard from many cancer patients that say it is the most nervous time waiting for the call with the news. . for good news. pic.twitter.com/2J1UFYAWGx
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 14, 2023AWESOME BABY! WITH A CAPITAL A! Rich Eisen wrote in response to the announcement.
The Hall of Famer has been a mainstay on ESPNs college basketball coverage since the networks inception in 1979. Vitale had been part of The Worldwide Leader in Sports first-ever college basketball broadcast.
Vitale plans to return to the broadcast booth at some point and originally had been targeting some time in November as a potential return.
Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark presents a basketball to Dick Vitale. Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesHowever, he announced last month that after consulting with his doctors that he would need some more time to rest his voice.
I have to listen to the medical experts, who have been so good to me, and with some more rest, I know I will be back for my 45th season. Ive been so touched by the amazing response Ive received, Vitale said at the time.
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