Joe Paterno has lung cancer, son says

(AP) - Former Penn State coach Joe Paternohas a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno said in a statement provided

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - (AP) - Former Penn State coach Joe Paternohas a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno said in a statement provided to The AssociatedPress by a family representative on Friday that the 84-year-old JoePaterno is undergoing treatment and that "his doctors areoptimistic he will make a full recovery." "As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matterfor my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected ashe proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said in a briefstatement. Scott Paterno said the diagnosis was made during a follow-upvisit last weekend for a bronchial illness. Earlier Friday, the Standard-Speaker newspaper of Hazleton, Pa.,reported that Paterno had been seen Wednesday visiting the MountNittany Medical Center and was treated for an undisclosed ailmentand released. Paterno was fired last week in the aftermath of shockingallegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky,charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years. Heinitially announced his retirement effective the end of the seasonthe morning of Nov. 9 before university trustees fired him about 12hours later. The lurid scandal tarnished the reputation of a football programthat once prided itself on the slogan "Success with Honor." TheHall of Famer's 409 career victories are a Division I record.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Bronx Sportscast, Jan. 23
VIDEO: Discovery of human remains in freezer shocks 2 VIDEO: Discovery of human remains in freezer shocks neighbors
Con Edison has offered a few tips you 3 Con Ed offers storm safety tips
Jenny Gutierrez, Hector Quezada and Joel Hernandez were 4 Suspects in fatal restaurant beating appear in court
5 Nor'easter conditions pound Canarsie

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE