The 84-year-old announced the news on Monday in a press release, via ESPNFrontRow.com. He revealed that he has been diagnosed with lymphona after experiencing some symptoms over the past few weeks.
The lymphona is unrelated to Vitale’s previous diagnosis in August, when he announced that he had multiple surgeries to remove melanoma. This particular cancer will require a more extensive treatment schedule, which the ESPN analyst outlined in the press release.
“For the second time in just a few months, I’ve been diagnosed with a form of cancer,” Vitale said. “As a result of some symptoms I’ve had in recent weeks, I’ve been undergoing tests and doctors have now confirmed it’s lymphoma.
“… The plan is to treat my lymphoma with steroids and six months of chemotherapy. The medical experts tell me it has a 90-percent cure rate. They say I can continue to work so I will have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will monitor my test results along the way.”
Needless to say, the world of college basketball was gutted to hear the news of Vitale’s diagnosis on Monday. Numerous media members, many of whom are peers of the 84-year-old, took to Twitter to wish him the best in his battle with cancer.
Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and support as I plan on fighting with all my heart to win this battle. Please know I appreciate so much that you care. https://t.co/kw7y2oeywI
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 18, 2021
— Mike Soltys (@espnmikes) October 18, 2021
Sending positive thoughts, support & well wishes to the legend, @DickieV, who just announced he was recently diagnosed with lymphoma & will begin 6 months of chemo. He hopes to work around his chemo schedule. His thoughts https://t.co/GiWOFFy9fz
— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) October 18, 2021
For decades Dick Vitale has worked tirelessly to raise money for the collective fight against cancer, particularly childhood forms. He will no doubt do the same in his personal battle. Keep fighting! https://t.co/TqIa7GTbwG
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 18, 2021
— rickbozich (@rickbozich) October 18, 2021
— Kris Budden (@KrisBudden) October 18, 2021
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) October 18, 2021
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 18, 2021
Vitale maintained that he plans to keep his role with ESPN as a lead college basketball analyst while he undergoes treatment. That means fans won’t miss out on his entertaining commentary once the new season gets underway in a few weeks.
Even then, the entire college basketball world will want Vitale to get fully healthy as soon as possible. Once he does that, fans will eagerly await his full-time return to the broadcast booth.