Joe Paterno’s battle with lung cancer has reportedly taken a turn for the worst.
Back in mid-November, Joe Paterno’s son, Jay Paterno, told the press that his father was dealing with a very treatable form of lung cancer. At the time, Jay indicated that all signs pointed to his father handling the treatment well and being on the path to recovery.
On Wednesday, in a report published by SportsbyBrooks, Brooks passed along a report he got from a source indicating that Joe’s health was in fact declining, not improving, as had previously been reported.
As noted by Brooks:
The Penn State source, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak for the Paterno family, was blunt in their assessment of the former Penn State football coach’s physical condition, telling SbB, “Joe is a lot closer to dying soon than the public is aware. It is very bad.”
Today the Penn State Athletic Department source told SbB that Paterno is continuing to get daily cancer treatments but that, “it (cancer) is much worse than the family has let on.”
The source added that those close to Paterno fear, “this may be his last Christmas.”
Reports of Joe Paterno’s worsening health have not yet been corroborated by any sources beyond SbB at the time of this article.