Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 11/18/11

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)
Last week, Joe Paterno lost the fight for his job at Penn State, the university he made his life for more than 60 years. Now, Paterno begins a battle for the rest of his life, according to his son, Scott, who said in a statement today that his 84-year-old father has been diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer: "Last weekend my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness," Scott Paterno said in the statement. "He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. 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 did not release further details. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, lung cancer is the deadliest cancer for both men and women, killing more people each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Prognosis va...
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