This article is from Inside Radio.com…
As he has battled advanced lung cancer in recent months, Rush Limbaugh has been uncharacteristically personal, sharing sporadic updates about his health. On Tuesday, Limbaugh’s latest dispatch offered a glimpse of what could be the future of his show for his 15.5 million listeners – and his hundreds of radio affiliates.
“The day is going to come where it isn’t going be possible to be here every day,” said Limbaugh. “And who knows – it may not be possible to be here for three hours every day.” He told listeners that while he takes “any chance to do the show,” the decision at this point on his treatment is on a day-by-day basis. “I need to get as many in as possible, because this is one of my primary loves in life — and you in the audience are the reason that this love of my life has been so extraordinarily happy and successful. It would not have happened without you,” said Limbaugh.
Since revealing his diagnosis in early February, Limbaugh, 69, has vowed not to be “a cancer patient on the radio” as he has gone through two stages of treatment. Now in a third wave, the host shared with listeners that the current treatment has been “extremely challenging” on his body.
“This current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass,” Limbaugh said. He explained a recent treatment “did a number” on his lung tumor. But while it shrank, he said the drug, which is still in clinical trials, had brutal side effects. “It would have killed me if I’d have stayed on it,” Limbaugh said. He disclosed he was unable to walk for four days and he nearly lost the vision in his right eye. “It’s the cost. It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try to prolong your life. I’m doing extremely well, all things considered, the fact that I’m even here today,” he said.
Since doctors diagnosed Limbaugh on January 20 and he told listeners a few weeks later, the Premiere Networks host hasn’t made public the specific name of his treatments. That’s not only to protect his privacy, Limbaugh said, but also to prevent the media from “doing investigations.”
As most talk show hosts would confirm, hosting a call-in program is more than just sitting in a studio and answering the phone. Limbaugh said in recent months he’s grown to have a new appreciation of the energy it takes to host a three-hour national show without guests and minimal phone callers.
“I was unaware of how much it was until this lung cancer diagnosis hit. Now I’m fully aware of it, and I’m aware of my energy limitations, and it’s why I said last Thursday that at any moment we may need to start rolling a best-of show here or guest hosts,” Limbaugh told listeners. “I hope that that doesn’t happen – but I do feel the need to keep you informed.”