Former Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer, Son Says

November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 18, 2011 at 7:15 PM EDT

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Former Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer, Son Says

November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 18, 2011 at 7:15 PM EDT

According to a USA Today story, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, his son, Scott, said in a statement on Friday.

In the statement, Scott Paterno says doctors are optimistic the 84-year-old Paterno will "make a full recovery", according to the USA Today report. Paterno was fired last week in the aftermath of a child sex abuse scandal that has implicated former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Read the USA Today story HERE.