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Bryant Gumbel Says He Has Lung Cancer

Tuesday, 08 Dec 2009 02:42 PM

NEW YORK – Bryant Gumbel says he's recovering from lung cancer surgery and treatment.

The former "Today" show anchor says a malignant tumor and part of his lung were removed two months ago. He revealed his condition to Kelly Ripa while he was subbing for co-host Regis Philbin on "Live With Regis and Kelly" on Tuesday.

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Gumbel says he had preferred to keep his condition private and only told Ripa backstage to explain why he couldn't dance with her during a segment on the show.

The 61-year-old Gumbel says he's meeting with his surgeon and oncologist next week and hopes to be cleared to play golf soon.

He is the host of HBO's "Real Sports."

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