The just-ousted former head coach of Penn State footaball, Joe Paterno, has a “treatable” form of lung cancer, his family announced Friday (Nov. 18) afternoon.
“Last weekend my father was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness,” son Scott Paterno said in a statement to the Associated Press. “He is currently undergoing treatment and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. 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.”
On Wednesday, Paterno had been spotted visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center.
The 84-year-old lost his job as head of Penn State football after what the college’s board of trustees termed “mishandling” of child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years with the team.
Also on Friday, Penn State announced that the NCAA plans to examine how school officials handled the scandal, reports ESPN.
In 2008, Paterno had successful hip replacement surgery. He also sustained minor injuries at least twice when he was involved in sideline collisions with his players.