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Robert Novak, has undergone brain surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor. Since the surgery he has lost partial vision and is due to undergo radiation and chemo.


Novak, editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report, has been a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for decades. He is perhaps best known as the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" from 1980 to 2005.


In his Saturday column he wrote:

that he underwent a four-hour surgery August 15 at Duke University Medical Center, during which a 3-inch-by-1½-inch tumor was removed. Dr. Allan H. Friedman, the chief of neurosurgery at the hospital, who operated on Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain tumor this summer, performed the surgery.


Novak was the first to reveal the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame. His 2003 column came out eight days after Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, said the Bush administration had twisted prewar intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Iraq.


I am not taking delight in anyone's illness, especially when it comes to cancer. Cancer has hit my family, as well as friends.


There are thousands of people out there that are missed diagnosed, and it turns out to be cancer after months of needless treatment for an illness that they did not have. More accurate tests, better treatments, earlier detection are needed so more lives can be saved.

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