Larry King reveals he's recovered from a secret battle with lung cancer

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"I didn't have any pain, but when they took a chest x-ray the doctor said, 'There's a little cloud here...,'" King told PEOPLE. "I then did a CAT scan then a PET scan and then he said to me, 'You have lung cancer, but it looks very small, in the beginning stages'". Despite having quit smoking after his heart attack in the late '80s, King says that the doctors attribute the tobacco use to his current diagnosis. "I loved smoking but when I had the heart attack that February of 1987 I stopped that day and never reached for one again".

King, who hosted CNN's pioneering "Larry King Live" from 1985 to 2010, praised his medical team for their delivery of the unnerving news.

Luckily for the Brooklyn native, doctors caught the cancer at an early stage and were able to forego chemotherapy. The 83-year-old TV host received the terrifying news during a routine visit to the doctors, where he was told that "something looks amusing".

During his two-week recovery, King said, "They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear". After undergoing a CT scan and a positron emission tomography scan, King said doctors diagnosed him with stage 1 lung cancer. "They took off 20 percent of the lung".

"When you are [getting] a checkup, get a chest X-ray because lung cancer ain't going to tell you it's there, but a simple chest X-ray will", he shared. "I've never ever felt better than I do now".

Smiling, he said, "I'll die on the air probably", adding that he is still doing the same work he's always done, just on a new medium - the Internet.

Despite his many health crises over the years, King doesn't plan to retire. Fans of Larry King can look for Larry to share more on his recent lung cancer issues and life on "Larry King Now", whichairs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Ora TV.

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