Rush Limbaugh thanked his listeners for their support as he opened up about his fight with terminal cancer during his final radio show of the year.
‘I wasn’t expected to be alive today,’ the conservative radio icon said. ‘I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.’
‘My point in all of this today is gratitude,’ Limbaugh said about the outpouring of support he’s felt. ‘My point in all of this is to say thanks and tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still-beating heart.’
Limbaugh also thanked his wife Kathryn Adams for her support during his battle. The radio host has been married to Kathryn, his fourth wife, since 2010.
‘So many people put me first,’ Limbaugh added, and referenced Lou Gehrig, who famously proclaimed himself ‘the luckiest man’ while battling ALS.
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Rush Limbaugh thanked listeners for their support during his final radio show of 2020
Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis in February after learning about it in January.
Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage IV advanced lung cancer and shared in October that treatments were no longer working, meaning he was going to die.
But despite his health worries, he has continued to host his radio show which has been in national syndication since 1988. He missed several shows in October for treatment.
In his final show of 2020, he added: ‘I can’t be self-absorbed about it, when that is the tendency when you are told that you’ve got a due date.
‘You have an expiration date. A lot of people never get told that, so they don’t face life this way.’
Limbaugh has been battling stage IV lung cancer since January and announced it in February. He is pictured at the State of the Union address in February, where he was acknowledged by President Trump
The conservative radio icon announced in October that the cancer is terminal
Limbaugh, 69, has not revealed how much time he expects to have left.
In May he said he was in the third phase of his lung cancer treatment and it was ‘kicking his a**’. At the time he said he was so drained of energy he couldn’t walk five steps without having to ‘stop and sit down’.
And in October he said he can no longer deny he’s under a ‘death sentence’ and his cancer has shown signs of progression.
Limbaugh has been one of President Trump’s most ardent supporters.
The day after revealing he had cancer, Trump invited him as a guest for his State of the Union – where he awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In October, Limbaugh hosted a virtual rally with Trump while the president was recovering from the coronavirus.
Limbaugh thanked wife Kathryn Adams for being by his side during his health struggles
Limbaugh, 69, was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February
But earlier this month he said Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election result look like ‘kooks’, as he urged the president, with time running out, to embark on a highly-organized and efficient campaign to show evidence of his voter fraud claims.
‘As a conservative, it’s getting harder and harder to not look like a kook,’ he told his listeners.
Days later, he predicted that some states may soon break away from the rest of the US and declare independence, sparking the same set of circumstances that led to the American Civil War.
He said: ‘I actually think – and I’ve referenced this, I’ve alluded to this a couple of times because I’ve seen others allude to this – I actually think that we’re trending toward secession.
‘I see more and more people asking what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York? What is there that makes us believe that there is enough of us there to even have a chance at winning New York? Especially if you’re talking about votes.’
Limbaugh has received a slew of awards in his decades-long career.
He is a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award for ‘Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting’, he’s also a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, and is a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters of Fame.
LUNG CANCER AND ITS TREATMENTS
Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer.
There are usually no signs or symptoms in the early stages of lung cancer, but many people with the condition eventually develop symptoms including:
– a persistent cough
– coughing up blood
– persistent breathlessness
– unexplained tiredness and weight loss
– an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
You should see a GP if you have these symptoms.
Types of lung cancer
There are two main forms of primary lung cancer.
These are classified by the type of cells in which the cancer starts growing.
– Non-small-cell lung cancer. The most common form, accounting for more than 87 per cent of cases.
– It can be one of three types: squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma or large-cell carcinoma.
– Small-cell lung cancer – a less common form that usually spreads faster than non-small-cell lung cancer.
– The type of lung cancer you have determines which treatments are recommended.
Lung cancer mainly affects older people. It’s rare in people younger than 40.
More than four out of 10 people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK are aged 75 and older.
Although people who have never smoked can develop lung cancer, smoking is the most common cause (accounting for about 72 per cent of cases).
This is because smoking involves regularly inhaling a number of different toxic substances.
Treating lung cancer
Treatment depends on the type of mutation the cancer has, how far it’s spread and how good your general health is.
If the condition is diagnosed early and the cancerous cells are confined to a small area, surgery to remove the affected area of lung may be recommended.
If surgery is unsuitable due to your general health, radiotherapy to destroy the cancerous cells may be recommended instead.
If the cancer has spread too far for surgery or radiotherapy to be effective, chemotherapy is usually used.
There are also a number of medicines known as targeted therapies.
They target a specific change in or around the cancer cells that is helping them to grow.
Targeted therapies cannot cure lung cancer but they can slow its spread.