Posted December 11, 2011 on AP on Fox

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
A person close to Joe Paterno's family says the former Penn State coach is out of the hospital and showing improvement after being treated for lung cancer. ESPN, citing an anonymous source, first reported Paterno's release. Paterno's tumor is showing substantial reduction following radiation and chemotherapy, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday to The Associated Press due to the family's desire for privacy. Paterno was admitted last week after breaking his pelvis again in a fall at home. Doctors kept Paterno, who turns 85 on Wednesday, hospitalized to make it easier to give him cancer treatments while being treated for the injury. School trustees fired Paterno last month in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant Jerry Sandusky.
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