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Roger Ebert’s Taking a ‘Leave of Presence’ to Treat Cancer

Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. In an essay posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Ebert says that he has cancer again and is scaling back his movie reviews while undergoing radiation. The veteran critic has previously battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost the ability to speak and eat after surgery.
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Last night, Roger Ebert wrote a post on his online journal explaining that he will be taking a “leave of presence.” Unlike, a leave of absence, Ebert will still be around, writing reviews, just not as often. He explained that last year he reviewed a personal record 306 movies, but now he has to slow down. Sadly, the reason for this move is his cancer has returned and he must undergo radiation treatment. Ebert was first diagnosed with cancer in early 2002, the treatment of which left him without a voice. He’ll still be writing reviews, but now it will only be for movies he really wants to. He’ll also be working to expand the reach of and trying to write about “what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you.” We wish him well.

Cancer Causes Ebert to Take ‘Leave of Presence’