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Joe Paterno

Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

11/18/2011 1:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe Paterno
has been diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer ... this according to his son Scott.

Scott just released the following statement: "Last weekend my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness. He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery."

Scott added, "As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment."

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76.

dilligaf1472    

I hope we aren't supposed to feel bad for this *******? And how convenient to come out with it now... It's bull****.. Wished it was anal cancer...

969 days ago
77.

Mojo2010    

Hmmmm...makes me believe in Karma. And SO agreed...if you want privacy, why make a public statement that had never hit the news before you opened your mouth? My sympathies are with the victims. Everyone involved in covering this up can rot in he**.

969 days ago
78.

sky    

Strange requestl! Count Paterno, has a treatable form just IV a few pints of blood and he'll be fine; but sorry , this is what happens. sort of like when the victims had their ENTIRE LIFE ALTERED forever at age of 10 or 11. We can't feel sorry for him , no, we don't.

969 days ago
79.

buzz kill    

Seems like just a sick play for sympathy and to to take the heat off of the abuse scandly.

969 days ago
80.

Mojo2010    

To those of you that have posted that we "bad-wishers" who say our family/friends with cancer are not perfect either...No, maybe they are not, but their imperfections sure don't include covering up child rape. And I'll bet just about every single one of us would turn in anyone we knew that was involved in something like this. To say we wouldn't is disgusting.

969 days ago
81.

PokerStar    

Penn State, their politicians and some judges might be linked to one giant pedophile ring. Maybe that is why Sandusky thinks its ok to tell everyone on national tv?

I read today where one lawyer used a court computer to view some child porno pics with a few people during a break in a court hearing. A computer expert, who was also an investigator, discovered the pics during a separate investigation. One of the persons who was viewing the pics was supposedly a judge.

No wonder they are all look the other way in Pa.

969 days ago
82.

Hannah    

Life has a way of catching up.

969 days ago
83.

Kassie    

I am blown away by the horrible things people feel perfectly fine saying while hidden behind their computers. Nobody in PA thinks what has happened is ok, only an idiot would make such an assinine remark. Stop with the mental midget mentality. To wish someone ill and to justify it the way you have is a very sad testament to the hateful society we have become. I am ashamed for all of you, and very saddened by your hate filled ways. You are all aware you are not perfect. Since these crimes have been announced, how many of you have actually DONE something to help children of abuse? How many have you donated one cent to RAINN or another organization? How many of you have volunteered. Yea, thought so, not one cent, not one minute but you sit here in judgment. Shame on you for casting the hate you have and for being so hypocritical.

969 days ago
84.

CrisDizzle    

God knows everything JoePa.. should have told the cops and not protect a pedophile: KARMA!

968 days ago
85.

brigitte    

Drop dead you piece of ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no mercy. why announce this **** if not looking for sympathy??????????? He's a piece of ****, he knows it, get over it. i hope you suffer so we an get some kind of satisfaction.

968 days ago
86.

elena    

No one knows for sure if he covered up the rape....he should be innocent till proven guilty. But let's say he did cover it up....that was an awful thing that he did but why would anyone be happy that someone has cancer? That's a horrible thing to say. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. My mom just passed away a month and a hal****o from lung cancer...it was the scariest and the worst thing my family and I had gone through. So even if he did the wrong thing no one should go through an experience like this. God bless all of you and let's pray for his well being

968 days ago
87.

nuffsaid    

They have health care in prison.

968 days ago
88.

mar1ey    

A newspaper reported seeing Paterno at a treatment facility. His son clarified. Would YOU want people harassing YOUR father if he had cancer? How any of you can say this is karma is nonsense. You have no idea what Joe Paterno knew. Mcqueary says he talked to police, but he did not. He saw the rape, so he states, but he did not stop it. Shameful. Just what did he tell Paterno about what he saw? Paterno says he never mentioned a rape, so who knows? I don't, nor do you! You are going by the word of a man who has been shown to lie and let a child get raped, AND by the media, and we all know that they NEVER sensationalize for ratings!

I feel terrible for the victims. Mcqueary was silent. He did nothing. Like so many people do when they see or know about abuse. Joe Paterno did do something. And don't go off on me and tell me that I am evil and that he allowed rape to happen and I am just as bad as him. I was a victim once too. I know what it is like to know that adults knew and they did nothing. I prayed that one person would stand up for me...to say something to SOMEONE! You may not like the way Joe Paterno stood up, but he did it. How it was handled from that point forward, well, sadly, it isn't unusual. Child abuse is ugly. People don't want it to go public...no one does, not even the victim.

I find it sad that it takes bringing a football coach into the mix before people get whipped up into a frenzy over child sexual abuse. It happens constantly, not just with retired football coaches. It could be happening next door. It could be happening in your own home. Don't you wonder why the DA didn't charge Sandusky years ago? Or why he erased his hard drive before he disappeared? I do. And I wonder if he was also involved with Jerry Sandusky and his extra-curricular activities. Perhaps there are very powerful people, outside of the Penn State realm, who are involved in this child molestation who have protected Sandusky. It has happened before.

Be vigilant. For those who can't protect themselves. They need you.

968 days ago
89.

Simone    

What a DISGUSTING family we have here.

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Yeah Scott you are so smart and the rest of us are so dumb that we will never ever think this press release was issued to garner sympathy for your fathers cowardly inactions.

968 days ago
90.

Simone    

What a DISGUSTING family we have here.

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Yeah Scott you are so smart and the rest of us are so dumb that we will never ever think this press release was issued to garner sympathy for your fathers cowardly inactions.

968 days ago
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