Comedian Tommy Chong says he is battling rectal cancer

June 18, 2015

Comedian Tommy Chong, who with Cheech Marin was one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1970s, said on Wednesday (June 17) he is being treated for rectal cancer.

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“I have good news and bad news. First the bad news, the cancer came back and it is a real pain in the butt,” he said on Twitter. “The good news is I now have to use more marijuana to treat the cancer.”

Chong, 77, said he will let fans know how he is doing and will document his battle against the disease on the “Chong and Chong” podcast.

“Please wish me luck while I kick cancer’s behind,” he added.

It is Chong’s second battle with cancer. In 2012 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.