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Roger Ebert reviews his recovery

Aug. 20, 2006 at 6:14 PM

CHICAGO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Two months after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his salivary gland, film critic Robert Ebert gave his recovery a tired thumbs-up.

Ebert posted a progress letter on his Chicago Sun-Times Web site, telling fans he has been bedridden since July 1 and is eager to return to work.

"I have always believed in full disclosure," he wrote. "When I announced that I had a recurrence of salivary cancer that required surgery, I had no idea when I went into the hospital on June 16 that I would still be here on (Aug.) 16."

But Ebert, 64, said doctors "are enthusiastically optimistic about my recovery."

"I am a lucky man," he added.

While he recovers, guest critics have joined Richard Roeper on "Ebert & Roeper." The latest additions include comic actor Fred Willard, screenwriter and novelist John Ridley, actress Aisha Tyler, entertainment reporter Toni Senecal of WNYW-TV in New York and Chicago Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips.

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