Bryant Gumbel reveals lung cancer

Bryant Gumbel revealed that he has lung cancer while guest co-hosting this morning’s Live! With Regis & Kelly. The 61-year-old former Today show anchor said he’s being treated for the disease after surgery last month to remove a tumor from his chest. “We had told a few people, we told my family, obviously,” he said. “I even kept it from my staff at Real Sports. So I’m okay for the time being.”

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  • Austin Rob

    Awww, that sux! One of my really good friends died of lung cancer a few years ago. He thought he was gonna make it, but his body just couldn’t take it. I’ve never really been a fan of his, but hate hearing this news.

  • Carey

    Lung cancer is not a disease I’d wish on my worst enemy. My father is going on six months since diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. After a couple rounds of chemo made him feel terrible, he said to hell with treatment and is just trying to enjoy life as best he can from here on out.

    Hardly anyone realizes that lung cancer every year kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers… COMBINED.

    Yet, breast, prostate and colon cancers are federally funded at a combined rate of 10 TIMES that of lung cancer. Does this seem fair? Is it because lung cancer patients “asked for it”?

    Over 60% of new lung cancer cases are never smokers or former smokers, many of whom quit decades ago. We need to raise awareness of this terrible disease, and while I hate that ANYONE has to be afflicted with this insidious cancer beast, maybe the profile of Bryant Gumbel and other well-known celebrities dealing with lung cancer can put a face on a disease that needs much more funding and much more awareness.

    My thoughts go out to Bryant and his family.

    • Flyer

      Wasn’t research into lung cancer prevention and treatment supposed to be funded by the tobacco companies? Your question about fairness fails to take into consideration that lung cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, if only current smokers would quit and our culture as a whole encouraged people to never begin smoking in the first place. Lung cancer patients certainly did not “ask for it.” However, I think the tobacco industry should be investing a serious percentage of their profits into taking care of their customers’ health.

    • Susi

      Umm, errr, uhhh, scuse me, Lady Tom Turkey couldn’t make it this year, so I’m havin’ Jenn Turkey an’ she’s wriaen’ some really good dressin’ !Thank you- have a very enjoyable and happy Thanksgiving, too. Please be safe, enjoy the young ones and the seniors- we can learn from both.God bless, keep prepping, and don’t forget why you have the blessings.Shy

  • Cindra

    Agreed … lung cancer is no picnic for the patient or their families. My father-in-law recently passed away from this terrible disease. We feel the treatment was the cause of his heart problems which he eventually died from. He had great spirit and was determined to beat it but his poor body couldn’t take it any more. Good luck Bryant. Fight it with all you have!

  • 3 left feet

    My mother smoked for over 50 yrs and died of old age. I’ve never smoked but with awareness of secondhand smoke hazards increasing, I’m concerned about lung cancer. No one younger than me (41) should have taken up smoking! We grew up knowing it as unhealthy. Now for Mr. Gumbel, my best for you and your family.

  • Maureen

    We’re praying for you and your family Bryant!

  • Gary

    My mother died 28 days after her diagnosis of lung cancer. I echo the sentiments of the poster who decried the lack of funding for this disease. Four of her six siblings have died of cancer before age 60, and her parents both died of it, (one at 37 one at 61)…we need to find a cure for cancer now!

  • BooRadley

    Lung cancer is often detected in the late stages, which is why it has such a low survival rate. Same w/ ovarian cancer. Breast cancer would have a better survival rate b/c we have mammograms to screen for it. There is a better chance to catch breast cancer in the early stages.

    Lung cancer research should still be funded. Just b/c you smoked doesn’t mean you deserve to die of lung cancer. What about children who grew up w/ parents who smoked? They have a risk for lung cancer in later life through no fault of their own.

    • Nattaly

      That is not a condition and there isn’t a name for it. Symptoms help in the osagndiis process. If a patient is seen in the emergency room for example, they may be admitted listing a few to several probable osagndiis based on tests done up to that point.

  • Mariel

    One of my aunts has this terrible disease… She’s been battling it for a few years now, unfortunately she’s getting worse lately. F*ck cancer.

  • Jim

    I am saddened to learn that Bryant Gumbel suffers from this dread disease. I have watched him for years and always thought well of him. I wish him the best and hope that the government would spend more on health research and less on unnecessary wars. Good luck, Bryant!

  • Somsak

    Most people with lung cnaecr do not need the entire lung removed and undergo a lobectomy. However mesothelioma is not your typical lung cnaecr and does not arise from the lung, but from the pleural around the lung. In early stage disease if all of the tumor cannot be removed without removing the lung then they will do a pneumonectomy. The best chance for cure is to do an extrapleural pneumonectomy. This is a very extensive surgery and should only be carried out by surgeons with great expertise in evaluating patients and performing the procedure itself. Best wishes I hope everything goes well for you.

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