The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that our hometown hero, renowned film critic Roger Ebert, will have surgery June 16 -- two days before his 64th birthday -- to remove a cancerous growth on his salivary gland.
"It is not life threatening, and I expect to make a full recovery," he said. "I'll continue to function as a film critic during this time."
Ebert had surgery to remove a malignant tumor on his thyroid gland in 2002 and two surgeries on his salivary gland in 2003.
Unlike those earlier procedures, he is not expected to require radiation therapy this time.
"This is known as a slow growing and persistent cancer," he said. "You live with it."
His THIRD bout of cancer??? Hope it's not something in the popcorn. Either way, we wish him a speedy recovery.