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Doyle Brunson diagnosed with Cancer Again

by Jeremy Olson on November 8, 2012

It appears as if 10-time WSOP champion Doyle Brunson will be battling cancer yet again in his lifetime. He made the announcement through the following twitter posts:

It was malignant. 4 times I have heard that in my life. Chilling way to start the day. Squamas cell cancer, nothing to worry about.

Tx 4 the support about the cancer. It’s a slow growth type that is usually ok But it’s something you had rather not hear.

One good note to this story is that the squamous cancer has already been removed from the poker champ. Now it’ll simply be a matter of waiting to see how Brunson’s body responds to the treatment and making sure it didn’t spread.

It’s not hard to see why the Texas Dolly would be looking at this particular cancer lightly when you consider how he almost died at age 29 from malignant cancer. Brunson was not given much of a chance to live because cancer had spread throughout his body. However, doctors did hope to keep him alive long enough to see his first child born as they removed a large neck tumor. Incredibly, Brunson survived against all odds, and he wrote about this in Super System 2 with the following:

The odds against merely surviving the operation itself were very high. A month earlier the black corruption of melanoma had been visible to the naked eye. That the cancer had disappeared was incomprehensible to the staff at the hospital. Five doctors had unanimously agreed that it was a medical impossibility for me to live longer than a few more months, with or without the operation.

Now 79 years old, Doyle Brunson is facing yet another bout with cancer. Hopefully he can recover again and return to the felt where he’s earned a lot of money in live high stakes cash games.


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    Its deeply sad to read about the news about cancer that now for the third time stroke poker legend Doyle Brunson. It does however seem that he is taking it in best possible way and looking at the most positive parts of life. Brunson is one of our absolutely favorite in the poker world and we truly hope that he will recover well and we can see much more of the poker great for the many coming years.

    I would love to see him pick up 2-3 more bracelets and if possible pass Helmuth in the record of most WSOP bracelets.