December 8, 2009

Bryant Gumbel reveals lung cancer surgery

Posted: 02:25 PM ET

(CNN) - Bryant Gumbel made an unexpected announcement Tuesday morning as a guest host on "Live! With Regis & Kelly." The host of HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" had surgery two months ago to remove a malignant tumor on his lung.

Gumbel, 61, appeared on the morning talk show to fill in for Regis Philbin, who recently underwent a successful hip surgery. Gumbel, a cigar smoker, brought up his surgery after chatting with co-host Kelly Ripa about his inability to dance.

"I can't," he said. "I have a note from my doctor."

The former "Today" show host explained to viewers that he has told few people about the surgery in which part of his lung was removed.

"They opened up my chest; they took a malignant tumor, part of my lung and some other goodies," he said. "The pathology on most of the stuff came back benign but enough aggressive cells had escaped the tumor that it warranted some treatment."

Gumbel kept the treatment close to the vest. "We had told a few people. We told my family, obviously," Gumbel said. "I even kept it from my staff at 'Real Sports.' "

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States, but it's also the most preventable, according to the American Cancer Society. Gumbel said he and his doctor are hoping his treatment is complete.


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JudyG   December 9th, 2009 1:03 am ET

I just wish him well and hope that the surgery did the trick in getting all of it and that he recovers

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   December 9th, 2009 1:33 am ET

I hope that Bryant's cancer is truly in remission. It is such a cruel disease. My prayers are with him.

Joanne   December 9th, 2009 1:48 am ET

Be well, Bryant. Still miss you on the Today show.

Yeng   December 9th, 2009 5:47 pm ET

praying for you to get healed by our dear father God..

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