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Rush Limbaugh Gives a Rare Health Update Following His Diagnosis with Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Olowokandi Fiyin
Oct 23, 2020
02:20 P.M.
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Radio personality Rush Limbaugh gave an update on his health battle following his diagnosis with stage 4 lung cancer. The Rush Limbaugh Show described his health report as a roller coaster.


Renowned radio personality Rush Limbaugh has given fans an update about his battle with lung cancer. During Monday’s episode of his radio show, Limbaugh opened up about how things have progressed since his diagnosis.

In a transcript of the show posted on his website, the 69-year-old wrote that a status report on how he was faring took so long because he didn’t want to complain and bleed on the listening audience. 

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He explained that he didn’t want the show to be focused on just him as he wasn’t the only person in the world battling such a health crisis. However, the commentator was grateful to fans who checked up on him and sent well wishes his way.

[Limbaugh] first sensed something was wrong during his birthday weekend in January. He visited two medical institutions, and then the results came.


Reporting on his health, Limbaugh described his experience as a “roller coaster” as it involves many ups and downs that are sometimes too intense for him to handle.

He vulnerably discussed how his diagnosis made him feel like life is over. However, he is doing all he can to prolong his life. Disclosing that his stage 4 lung cancer has gotten worse, Limbaugh said:

“So we have some recent progression. It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.”


Limbaugh explained that his treatment plan has to be adjusted to slow down the progression and that the goal is to either maintain his current state or revert the condition. 

He concluded the show expressing his gratitude for life and glad that he has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Fans may recall that Limbaugh first shared his diagnosis in February.


The show host disclosed that he first sensed something was wrong during his birthday weekend in January. He visited two medical institutions, and then the results came. 

Limbaugh decided to come out with the news of his illness because he didn’t want the media to spread rumors about any changes to the show while he undergoes treatment.

Born in Missouri on January 12, 1951, the renowned political commentator started his radio career in 1971. As a child, he fell in love with radio rather than education and dropped out of Southeast Missouri State University to pursue his passion. He rose through the ranks and became a strong voice for conservatives with his many religious views.