Scott will host NBA shows while undergoing chemotherapy

Updated: December 21, 2007, 12:26 PM ET
ESPN.com

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott is returning to work less than a month after an emergency appendectomy discovered a malignancy that will result in Scott undergoing chemotherapy this winter.

Scott's message

Stuart Scott returns to ESPN's TV airwaves on Friday night, but has a message to deliver regarding his health. Listen

Following his appendectomy in late November, Scott had a second precautionary surgery to remove the tissue surrounding his appendix. Doctors treating Scott are confident any cancerous tissue was removed, but recommended preventative chemotherapy.

Scott was in Pittsburgh for a Nov. 26 game between the Steelers and Miami when he became ill.

"Talk about a shocker," Scott said. "But I feel good, am in great hands medically and the doctors are confident they got all the bad stuff. I'm not the type of guy to let this eat up my life. I've got strong faith and family and friends who are tackling this with me. I can't find the words to express how much I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. I probably won't be able to get back to you all; but know it means a ton."

Scott will host Friday night's ESPN NBA coverage, and lead the coverage of ABC's Christmas Day studio show.

Said ESPN president George Bodenheimer: " Stuart is approaching this fight with the same passion and energy we see on air. We're all encouraged that he is feeling so strong. He knows he has our full support and we look forward to the day when this is all behind him."