Rush Limbaugh Says His Stage 4 Lung Cancer Is Heading 'in the Wrong Direction'

In a detailed but clear-eyed health update, Rush Limbaugh said on his show Monday that recent scans show “some progression of cancer” and that his prognosis is "terminal."

"It's not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction," the popular — and widely controversial — conservative radio host, 69, said of the cancer he first revealed earlier this year.

“Stage 4 is, as they say, terminal,” Limbaugh told listeners, adding that “it’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.”

"Now, we all are — is the point," Limbaugh continued. "We all know that we’re going to die at some point. But when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it."

Limbaugh said he has undergone three treatment strategies to date and the last showed promise, before scans revealed at the beginning of October that his lung cancer had taken a turn for the worse.

"After receiving the diagnosis, I never thought I would see Oct. 1," he said. "I never thought I would. When Oct. 1 hit on the calendar this year, I reminded myself of that — of that thought."


Days after Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis in February, President Donald Trump paused his State of the Union address to award Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

That move praise from conservatives and criticism from Democratic lawmakers who said they haven’t forgotten racist and inflammatory remarks the radio personality has repeatedly made on his show.

Limbaugh renewed his contract with Premiere Radio Networks in January with a “long-term” deal, CNN reported, though the specifics of the contract haven’t been disclosed.

While giving the update on his health Monday, Limbaugh said he plans to continue hosting his show going forward.

“All in all, I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today. Some days are harder than others. I do get fatigued now. I do get very, very tired now. I’m not gonna mislead you about that,” he said. “But I am extremely grateful to be able to come here to the studio and to maintain as much normalcy as possible.”

Limbaugh also tweeted his thanks for his listeners’ “overwhelming encouragement, support, and prayers.”

He said he’s largely avoided giving updates on his health throughout the year because he says cancer conditions can be a “day-to-day thing” and he didn’t want to have to repeatedly correct prior updates.

“I don’t want to put you through that,” he told listeners. “I don’t want to put myself through it.”

“But, I know you’re concerned,” Limbaugh said, adding that it now felt like the right time to give more insight into his treatment.

“We’re all going through challenges,” he said. “Mine are no better and mine are no different and mine are no more special than anybody else. But it can feel like a roller coaster.”

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