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AP source: Paterno out of hospital, improving

By Genaro C. Armas

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 19 2011 2:07 p.m. MST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A person close to Joe Paterno's family says the former Penn State coach is out of the hospital and showing improvement after being treated for lung cancer.

ESPN, citing an anonymous source, first reported Paterno's release.

Paterno's tumor is showing substantial reduction following radiation and chemotherapy, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday to The Associated Press due to the family's desire for privacy.

Paterno was admitted last week after breaking his pelvis again in a fall at home. Doctors kept Paterno, who turns 85 on Wednesday, hospitalized to make it easier to give him cancer treatments while being treated for the injury.

School trustees fired Paterno last month in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant Jerry Sandusky.

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