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Dick Vitale Decides to Take a Break From College Basketball and ESPN

Iconic one-of-a-kind sportscaster Dick Vitale announced this week that he would be taking an extended break from broadcasting after doctors told him to rest his voice.

The ESPN college basketball analyst, known as “Dicky V,” said in a statement on ESPN Front Row that after a visit to a hospital in Boston, throat specialist Dr. Steven Zeitels advised him to rest his voice because he has precancerous Dysplasia of the vocal cord membranes.

“The good news is that he doesn’t believe anything is life-threatening; however, Dr. Zeitels says I have pre-cancerous Dysplasia on the vocal cords,” Vitale wrote. “Bottom line is I need to rest them – my voice needs a T.O., BABY!”

The sportscaster’s latest health issue is unrelated to his ongoing battle with cancer. He revealed in October that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, just a few months after having surgeries to remove the melanoma. 

The 82-year-old lymphoma patient is currently in the middle of a six-month cycle of chemotherapy and steroid treatments. He had returned to ESPN in November to call games between fighting his battles.

“Because I will be off the air for the time being, I didn’t want people to fear that I had a setback with my cancer treatments,” Vitale wrote. “As I announced previously, Dr. Rick Brown had said I’m cured from melanoma, and they say we are making fantastic progress in my battle with lymphoma.”

Despite his medical conditions, Vitale continues to be positive and furthers his contributions in the fight against cancer. He has raised millions to help find a cure for cancer even before being diagnosed, hosting a gala since 2006 that’s contributed over $44 million to pediatric cancer research and the V Foundation.

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