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Person close to family: Paterno 'progressing,' taking treatments for lung cancer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) ' A person close to Joe Paterno's family tells The Associated Press the former Penn State football coach is undergoing treatments and progressing after being diagnosed last month with lung cancer.
The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Paterno's son, Scott, last month requested privacy for the family after revealing that doctors discovered his father's treatable form of lung cancer during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.
School trustees fired the 84-year-old Paterno on Nov. 9 in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Paterno received the cancer diagnosis several days later.
Paterno hasn't spoken publicly since his dismissal. The person close to the family told the AP on Wednesday night that Paterno "had a great attitude" and deserved privacy.