ESPN analyst Dick Vitale is cancer free after long battles with lymphoma and melanoma

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale is cured of cancer after long battles with lymphoma and melanoma, he announced Wednesday.

“Dr. Rick Brown just informed me of the results of my major pet exam. & told me news I wish ALL cancer patients could hear,” the college basketball analyst wrote on Twitter. “He said ‘Dick, you’re gone from being in remission CANCER FREE! Thanks to ALL of YOU who sent me (prayers).”

The veteran announcer, famous for his explosive style and love of the game, announced he had lymphoma in 2021 after previously undergoing several surgeries to get rid of melanoma.

He later announced that he would take a break from games to rest his vocal cords.

In an essay on ESPN, Vitale wrote that experts told him there was a 90% cure rate for the type of lymphoma he had.

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system. The lymphatic system consists of ducts or tubes throughout the body with filters called lymph nodes along the path. The system carries a clear liquid containing immune cells such as lymphocytes.

Vitale has been with ESPN since the network launched in September 1979. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. The network released a documentary tribute to the analyst, “Dickie V.” on ESPN+ in July.


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