Paterno Out of Hospital after Being Treated for Lung Cancer

December 19, 2011 - 4:47 PM
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno stands on the field before his team's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Former Penn State coach Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno says in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that "his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A person close to Joe Paterno's family says the former Penn State coach is out of the hospital and showing improvement after being treated for lung cancer.

ESPN, citing an anonymous source, first reported Paterno's release.

Paterno's tumor is showing substantial reduction following radiation and chemotherapy, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday to The Associated Press due to the family's desire for privacy.

Paterno was admitted last week after breaking his pelvis again in a fall at home. Doctors kept Paterno, who turns 85 on Wednesday, hospitalized to make it easier to give him cancer treatments while being treated for the injury.

School trustees fired Paterno last month in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant Jerry Sandusky.