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CNBC Louis Rukeyser says he has cancer

He plans to return to his weekly business show soon.
/ Source: The Associated Press

CNBC financial anchor Louis Rukeyser, who’s been away on medical leave since last fall, has cancer but has promised a return to his weekly business show.

Rukeyser said he underwent back surgery last fall to relieve persistent pain, but when the pain didn’t go away, he went back for a checkup and a low-grade malignancy was discovered.

Rukeyser said his doctors have advised him not to go back to work for several months.

“I thank all of you for your kind thoughts, and as Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously declared as he left the Philippine Islands during World War II, ‘I shall return,”’ he said.

His weekly business report, “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street,” airs Friday nights on the cable channel. CNBC anchors have been filling in for him since his last appearance on Oct. 31.

Rukeyser’s show, a longtime staple on PBS before he jumped to CNBC, is also shown on more than 180 public television stations.