Craig Sager clarifies his 3-6 months to live cancer prognosis

Turner Sports sideline reporter battling leukemia


Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager, who has been battling leukemia since being diagnosed for the first time in April 2014, on Wednesday clarified a report that he was given three to six months to live.

Sager, 64, went into detail about the uphill battle on HBO's "Real Sports" that aired Tuesday, saying doctors gave him that prognosis in February. However, he said in a statement Wednesday that prognosis is for patients not undergoing treatment.

"I'm grateful to HBO for telling my story and I'd like to thank everyone for their ongoing support," he said in the statement. "I have acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer. The typical prognosis is 3-6 months to live, but I would like to stress that is for a patient who is not receiving treatment. Fortunately, I am receiving the best treatment in the world and I remain fully confident I will win this battle."

Sager has received bone-marrow and stem-cell transplants from his son, Craig. He said doctors were blunt but careful not to project a hopeless forecast.

"Well, you've got normally three to six months to live," Sager said on "Real Sports" of what he was told. "But somebody may only have a week. Somebody may have five years. You could be the first one to five years."

Sager, known for his flamboyant wardrobe, says he is entering "unchartered waters."

"I've already had two stem cell transplants. Very rarely does somebody have a third," Sager told HBO. "So I have to maintain my strength, so I can go through this."