Dick Vitale is back in the saddle as he was cleared to return to work as an ESPN analyst after his lymphoma diagnosis. In October, Vitale announced that he had to undergo chemotherapy to treat it. Vitale revealed that he identified a diagnosis of melanoma over the summer, but was able to get it checked out early and was clear.
The legendary analyst and former coach thanked fans for their support last month, but will be able to return to work after treatment in recent weeks. By next week, Vitale will be back at the booth.
Vitale has issued a statement regarding his return to work.
âMy family and I are absolutely jumping for joy,â Vitale said via ESPN. âKnowing that I will be on the field with all my buddies and that I will call the number 1 on 2, this is the best medicine I can ask for. To all of you, I just say âthank you from the bottom of my heartâ for your prayers and messages, phone calls and texts. They gave me energy and raised me in a time that is not a fun city – chemo for six months. To my ESPN family, starting with Jimmy Pitaro – love you all. I am so proud to start my 43rd year on Tuesday. Finally, for the fans, you gave me a career that surpassed any dreams I have ever had.
Vitale is scheduled to return to ESPN’s shows on Tuesday, November 23 for the Gonzaga-UCLA game in the classic Good Sam Empire.
Pitaro has released a statement regarding Vitale’s return.
âGiven everything he’s been going through, it’s especially important for Dick to come back and call games. He has our full support, and we can’t wait to hear his unmistakable combination of energy and insight on this highly anticipated game from the country’s two top teams.
Dr Richard Brown, who oversaw Vitale’s treatment, also released a statement.
âAt this point and at this point in Dick’s medical care, we believe it is safe for him to travel. While a cancer diagnosis can be difficult at times, with Dick and especially his passion for sports, we believe it is best for him to continue doing what he loves most, calling games and being Dick. Vital.
Vitale previously said her plan was to call games, despite having chemotherapy.
âI had announced in August that I had undergone several surgeries to remove melanoma (which has been totally ruled out), but doctors believe this lymphoma diagnosis is unrelated,â Vitale wrote. âWhat is evident is that the treatment plan for this lymphoma is going to be much more difficult, and in both cases, early detection has played an important role in helping manage cancers. That said, I consider myself very lucky.
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âI have seen with my own eyes the devastation that cancer can have on families, children and all our loved ones. It can bring you to your knees. It is physically and emotionally draining. It robs you of so much, including life itself for some of the most unhappy patients. I never lose sight of that, and that’s why I feel so lucky. The plan is to treat my lymphoma with steroids and six months of chemotherapy. Medical experts tell me it has a 90% cure rate. They say I can keep working so I will have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will be monitoring the results of my ongoing tests of road. “