Joe Paterno has lung cancer, son says

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son.

Scott Paterno said in a statement Friday that his father was diagnosed last weekend during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The 84-year-old Paterno is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery, his son said.

“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 the statement.

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