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Ebert: Cancer returns, taking 'leave of presence'

CHICAGO (AP) — Film critic Roger Ebert says he has cancer again and is scaling back his movie reviews while undergoing radiation.

In a blog post, the 70-year-old said he'll take a "leave of presence."

The veteran critic has previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat after surgery.

Bing: More on Ebert's cancer battle

In a lengthy essay posted late Tuesday, Ebert says the latest cancer was discovered after a "painful fracture" that made it difficult for him to walk. The Pulitzer Prize winner was hospitalized late last year with a hip fracture.

Ebert writes he's "not going away." Instead, he'll write select movie reviews while leaving the rest of the work to a team of writers.

He also plans to spend time writing about his own health challenges.

 

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Apr 3, 2013 7:38AM
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Roger Ebert is an inspiration and motivation for anyone who is disfigured to continue their daily lives.  By continuing to work in public, he has helped those who have a hard time accepting people who's appearance has changed radically. Our society is becoming more accepting of people who are physically different because of the courage of people like Roger Ebert.
Apr 3, 2013 7:31AM
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With you all the way, man. Don't know what I'd do, or whose words I'd trust, without you. Fight hard. We all love you and your work.
Apr 3, 2013 7:36AM
Apr 3, 2013 7:34AM
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My heart goes out to this guy. Very few people deserve what this man has gone through....But definitely not him.
Apr 3, 2013 7:34AM
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From the looks of your Avatar pic, looks like you would do fine in a horror movie as well, Anthony Pinelli.  What a horrible thing to say, for someone battling cancer.  I love Roger Ebert's reviews.  I hate to see him going through so much suffering.  I wish him the best. 

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