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Christopher Hitchens' Cancer: Author Undergoing Chemotherapy For Esophageal Cancer

First Posted: 06/30/10 06:01 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

The Vanity Fair and Slate columnist and author of recent memoir Hitch 22 recently suspended his book tour for what was described as "personal reasons."

Now, he reveals in a statement:

I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.

Hitchens, a well-known smoker, attempted in 2008 to quit but reportedly still smokes, according to a recent Washington Post article.

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