Stuart Scott Announces On Twitter That Cancer Has Returned, UPDATE: ESPN Broadcaster Dies From Cancer

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Jan 15, 2013 11:19 AM EST
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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott arrives at the Tiger Jam VIII benefit concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 21, 2005. Proceeds from the annual event will be used to help fund various children's charities supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation. "

ESPN SportsCenter host and television personality Stuart Scott announced via Twitter on Monday night that his cancer has returned.

UPDATE: Stuart Scott Passes Away: ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Dies After Battle With Cancer

On Monday night, before hosting SportsCenter at 11 p.m., Stewart wrote on Twitter: "Blessed by prayers..I'm back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I'll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG"

He later added: "Really appreciate all the prayers & well wishes. Nothing changes...I'm rockin the 11pm SPORTSCENTER tonite ..so...WE RIDE STRONG!!"

Many athletes wrote their support for Stewart on Twitter, including Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Jason Taylor, who wrote: "@StuartScott Praying for you bro. You're a tough dude, much respect. Keep fighting, we got ur back #LiveStrong"

Stewart also wrote on Twitter in response to the outreach: "Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!" He gave his followers a look inside his routine: "Here's what I do right aftr chemo. Leave the infusion center & go STRAIGHT 2 either do a p90x wkout or train MMA..THATS how you #LIVESTRONG"

According to Yahoo Sports, Touched By Cancer magazine reported that Scott first took ill in 2007 while at a Monday Night Football game. He received an emergency appendectomy revealed the presence of appendiceal cancer and went through six months of chemo, leaving him cancer free.

In early 2011, doctors discovered that malignant tumors had developed on his small intestine. More surgery and chemotherapy treated the cancer. It now has returned again for Scott.

"Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you're going to feel like crap sometimes," he said last year. "But you're going to feel like that whether you're lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life. If you believe you're not being touched by this, then it's much better."

Scott worked previously while getting treated and will look to do the same during this round as well.

"I love my job. Those of us who do what we do, we're blessed. Being on when you don't feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it's time to go on, you're charged. And when you're going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps," he said earlier.

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told USA Today Sports that Scott "plans to continue to work the best he can around his treatments."

Scott wrote "Livestrong" on his Twitter and when asked how he feels about Armstrong now after the doping allegations, Scott responded via Twitter that he felt "the same as before."

He wrote on Twitter: "I'm 1 of millions of (cancer) survivors he's helped. #grateful."

Armstrong has quickly gone from one of the most revered and respected athletes in the world to one of the most controversial. He was dogged by doping allegations for many years, but always fought back and claimed he was clean. Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles following a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as cheater and a ruthless cyclist who would do anything to win.

Armstrong, who is a cancer survivor himself, founded Livestrong in 1997. The foundation offers cancer support services to help with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease, according to the foundation.

According to the Associated Press, sources said that Armstrong apologized to his staff on Monday at his Livestrong cancer foundation before heading to an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was private. The interview will air on Thursday.

Armstrong has been under fire from the media, fans and other athletes since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year due to doping allegations. According to the report, Armstrong addressed the staff Monday and said, "I'm sorry." The person said the disgraced cyclist choked up and several employees cried during the session.

Scott is one of the most popular anchors on ESPN and has worked on SportsCenter for many years. He originally joined the company on ESPN2 in 1993 and worked his way onto the flag ship show. Scott has done many pieces and special events for the network, including NFL Matchup, NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime, and NFL Countdown.

Scott suffered an eye injury in 2002 while at New York Jets mini-camp when he was doing a special for ESPN. Following the end of camp for the day, Scott was hit in the eye with a football, forcing him to undergo surgery that night. He was forced to miss time at work and has ptosis, or drooping of the eyelid, because of this accident.

He also appeared in numerous films and TV shows as himself, including Moneyball, He Got Game, Soul Food, Arliss and The Game Plan.

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