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Paterno undergoing cancer treatment

Paterno undergoing cancer treatment
Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno readies his team prior to the start of the 72nd Annual Fedex Orange Bowl game against the Florida State Seminoles at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida, on January 3, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush) | License Photo

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Former Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno has started treatment for lung cancer and is doing well, his son said.

Jay Paterno, Penn State's quarterbacks coach, said his father has been "handling it very well" since he began therapy for a cancer that doctors said earlier this month was treatable.

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Paterno revealed he was stricken with the disease amid the turmoil of the sexual-abuse scandal that broke with the arrest of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Jay Paterno told the Philadelphia Inquirer the end of the Nittany Lions season -- barring a bowl bid -- would give him more opportunity to focus on his dad's current ordeal.

"We'll meet (Sunday) and go over some things, and get ready to go do some recruiting next week," Paterno said. "I'll get to spend some time with my kids and get to kind of deal with this, because I haven't had a chance to with everything that's happened."

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