View Full Version : Joe Paterno has "treatable" lung cancer

11-18-2011, 11:50 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Days after losing the job he held for nearly a half century, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer.

Scott Paterno, the Hall of Fame coach's son, said in a statement Friday that his father's doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will make a full recovery.

Scott Paterno said in a text message to ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel the five-year survival rate for Joe Paterno's cancer is more than 70 percent, "but obviously his age is a complicating factor."

11-18-2011, 11:54 PM
Too bad Joe didn't get this diagnosis around 1993. Not being mean, but if he could have died before he crossed paths with or it become apparent that Sandusky was a perv, his legacy as one of the all time good guys would have remained forever intact.

11-19-2011, 12:23 AM
Kind of an ironic coincidence to discover you get lung cancer and announce it NOW at all times. The guy has been stressed out enough.

11-19-2011, 08:36 AM
While I am very sensitive to Joe Pa's condition, and am sorry that he has cancer, this just seems like a ploy to garner some sympathy given his current situation.

11-19-2011, 08:56 AM
Joe Camel