ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has been diagnosed with a malignancy in his appendix and plans to begin chemotherapy.
The malignancy was discovered when he had emergency appendectomy surgery on Nov. 26. He had a second surgery to remove surrounding tissue.
A statement Thursday from ESPN said Scott's physicians "are confident they eliminated the cancerous tissue but have prescribed preventative chemotherapy."
Scott will return to on-air studio work on ESPN's NBA doubleheader Friday and will debut as ABC's NBA studio host on Christmas Day. If needed, ESPN's Mark Jones would sub for Scott.
Says Scott, in a statement: "Talk about a shocker … But I'm not the type of get to let this eat up my life."
By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY