Larry King Reveals Recovery from Secret Lung Cancer

Larry King secretly underwent surgery after he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer following his annual physical.

"I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray, and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks amusing, ' " the 83-year-old host of the web series "Larry King Now" says in the new issue of Us Weekly.

"I didn't have any pain, but when they took a chest X-ray the doctor said, 'There's a little cloud here, '" he told the publication. Doctors removed the malignancy through a surgical procedure that went in through his ribs, and after a week of recovery, King was back to work on the sixth season of "Larry King Now".

"The doctor said to me, 'Something looks amusing.' They said the spot looked pretty small". He said the surgery revealed the spot on his lung was malignant. "I loved smoking, but when I had the heart attack that February of 1987, I stopped that day and never reached for one again", he said.

"I smoked for 30 years, the day of the day of the heart attack", he said during an interview with Extra. He told "Extra's" Mario Lopez he'll now be getting a chest X-ray every six months. Currently, he's hosting "Larry King Now" on Hulu and RT America, and "Politicking with Larry King" on the same channels. "Let's do a CAT scan, so they do a CAT scan, and they say, 'Let's do a PET scan"...

"I never thought it would happen to me".

"Thirty years later, I said to the doctor, 'Is this connected with that?' 'Absolutely, '" he added.

And for now, King he doesn't plan on slowing down. I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now.

"I will probably die on the air", he said, explaining that even after the intrusive surgery he's never felt better.

For more on King's cancer battle, pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now!