The 83-year-old spoke out about receiving the tragic news after doctors finally decided to do an X-ray, with him insisting that he has since been given the all-clear.
Larry – who has been in the broadcasting industry for over 60 years – explained: “The doctor said to me, ‘Something looks funny’. They said the spot looked pretty small.
“I then did a CAT scan then a PET scan and then he said to me, ‘You have lung cancer, but it looks very small, in the beginning stages’.”
The American TV and radio host – who underwent surgery to remove 20 per cent of his lung on July 17- went on to say that his doctor told him the cancer was malignant, but because they had managed to catch it in stage one, they were able to surgically remove the tumour.
He said the doctors told him: “If it had stayed and we didn’t find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it and you were lucky.”
Larry – who hasn’t smoked a cigarette since his heart attack in the late 80s – added to Us Weekly: “They showed me my last chest X-ray, which is all clear. It was fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now.”
Larry previously discussed his health in his book Taking on Heart Disease, with him saying in one excerpt, which he wrote in 1987: “I had never spent much time thinking about my heart. But when I did, it was always the other heart — the romantic one.
“So let’s get to it right here in the first paragraph: Not paying attention to the heart (the one inside your chest) and the warnings it will send is a theme in the pages to come.
“I always believed that heart attacks happened to other people. If I ever did witness one or think about one, it came to me from a television or movie screen,” he added, according to TODAY.