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Mildren undergoing cancer treatment

by Mel Bracht Modified: May 9, 2008 at 12:09 am •  Published: May 9, 2008
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JOX 930 sportscaster Jack Mildren is being treated for stomach cancer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Mildren said he has received two chemotherapy treatments at the center, with plans for additional treatments every three or four weeks.

Another Oklahoma sports personality, New York Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer, is also being treated at M.D. Anderson. Murcer's broadcast schedule with the Yankees has been reduced as he recovers from a brain tumor.

Mildren, dubbed "the Godfather of the Wishbone” as OU's first wishbone quarterback in 1970, hasn't missed much work since he was diagnosed two years ago. He co-hosts a sports talk show with Ron Thulin from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays on Jox 930 and co-hosts the weekly "Oklahoma Sports Report” and "Big 12 Football Preview” with Rick Heath on Cox 7. The football preview also has aired on CBS College Sports Network.

"Things are going OK,” said Mildren, who also is a vice chairman for Arvest Bank and a former lieutenant governor. "Everyday is a new day. I'm fighting it pretty good. I have good hopes and the doctors have good hopes, and we'll keep going at it.”

Mildren said the cancer was discovered after an extended bout of hiccups. He began chemotherapy shortly after being diagnosed and said his oncologist, Dr. Brian Geister, suggested additional treatment at M.D. Anderson.

Mildren said the chemotherapy have taken a toll on him.

"When you're on chemo, you're actually not in the best of shape,” he said. "Ron has stepped in and filled in for me.”

Mildren said he wasn't sure how long the chemo treatments would continue.

"It all depends on what the chemo does and how your body reacts. You can't stay on it forever, that's for sure.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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Jack Mildren talks on the air at the WWLS studios in 2005. By BRYAN TERRY, The Oklahoman

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