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New York Post
16 Dec 2023


NextImg:Longtime WPIX anchor Kaity Tong diagnosed with lung cancer

Popular New York news anchor Kaity Tong has been diagnosed with Stage 1 lung cancer, she said on Instagram.

“Hello from Home. I have some news to share. I was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Me, a nonsmoker my entire life!” she began the Saturday morning post.

Tong, 76, has worked at PIX 11 News since 1992 and now anchors on the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekend broadcasts.

She had no symptoms prior to the diagnosis, she wrote.

“It was through a routine chest X-ray after an especially bad cold that my cancer was detected,” she said.

A native of China, Tong went on to explain that the diagnosis is actually common for those of her race, and hopes to educate others on the issue.

“But the doctors told me this diagnosis is increasingly common among Asians, especially women, who are nonsmokers. That would be me. And maybe that’s YOU. And that’s why I’m sharing this,” she penned.

“If you fit this profile I urge you to talk with your doctor and determine whether you should get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms … If my journey encourages even one person who fits this profile to get a checkup leading to early detection, I will be grateful.”

She had surgery to remove the tumor at Memorial Sloan Kettering, is recovering at home, and planning to return to work by mid-January, she wrote.

“Hello from Home. I have some news to share. I was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Me, a nonsmoker my entire life!” Tong began the Saturday morning post. Kaity Tong/Instagram

“I am now cancer-free. No chemo or radiation needed. And a very low chance of recurrence,” she said.

“It’s been a slow but steady recovery. Mainly to restore my breathing to normal and to help the rest of my lungs compensate for the loss of one lobe. Baby steps.”

Tong has won multiple Emmy Awards for her work, and was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with the Governor’s Emmy Award in 2018 “for her four decades of presenting the news with integrity and compassion.”