Larry King revealed on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer and had successful surgery this summer.
King said his doctor told him, "You have a small [spot]" and suggested he remove it. King had surgery in July at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.
"I didn't have any pain, but when they took a chest x-ray the doctor said, 'There's a little cloud here...,'" King told PEOPLE. It was malignant. They were going to take it out if it was malignant or benign. Talking to US Weekly, the star explained that after a chest x-ray, his doctor said that something wasn't quite right: "They said the spot looked pretty small". The 83-year-old was back to work within two weeks, but says he's sharing his story so other smokers (he smoked for 30 years) might quit.
King said he knows the smoking contributed to his lung cancer. I've gone through a lot in my life. Then, in his 70s, he found out that he had prostate cancer, which was treated with radiation and didn't require surgery. "I have no plans to retire", King said.
"They showed me my last chest X-ray, which is all clear", he told Us.
King hasn't smoked a cigarette since his heart attack in the late '80s.
King, who hosted CNN's pioneering "Larry King Live" from 1985 to 2010, praised his medical team for their delivery of the unnerving news.
"Thirty years later, I said to the doctor, 'Is this connected with that?' Absolutely", he said.
And for now, King he doesn't plan on slowing down. "I've never ever felt better than I do now". "I feel good, I get my checkups, I stay healthy and I love working, I do Ora.TV, I do politicking, I still make speeches, I'm active".
"I'll die on the air probably", he joked.
One person he has interviewed many times over the years is President Trump.