UPDATE: Rush says he’s beginning ‘third wave’ of cancer treatment

Conservative talk radio behemoth updated his listeners Tuesday regarding his ongoing treatment for cancer, saying he’s now beginning his “third wave” and noting that he will likely miss more days in the short-term due to the grueling nature of it.

The show’s producer Bo Snerdley, known formally as James Golden, tweeted out the message earlier Tuesday.

“Rush is giving an update on his treatment and health. He said – this is the third wave of treatment. ‘It is kicking my ass.’ Rush. We love you. Thank you for still coming in to work – despite feeling lousy. You are so strong and so loved. God Bless you,” Golden wrote.

The tweet from Golden comes as Limbaugh announced last week that he would provide listeners with updates on his stage 4 lung cancer as he had “a feel for it.”

“People are asking for a health update,” Limbaugh said in a statement. “It’s been a long time since I’ve provided you with a health update. And I do these on the basis of instinctive feel. And I don’t have a schedule and a plan, okay, on this day I’m gonna update the audience on this stage. It’s all instinctive. It’s all a feel for it.”

“But as I’ve told you before, I’ve really tried to avoid becoming the nation’s most-listened-to cancer patient,” Limbaugh continued. “I want to be the nation’s most-listened-to radio guy, radio talk show host, the nation’s most-listened-to media raconteur and whatever. But if the feeling hits me then I will provide you one. There is updated news, and, if it strikes me at a certain point in time, I will.”

On is program Tuesday, Limbaugh said:

The temptation here is to start divulging a lot of stuff, and I’m not gonna do that, because I vowed not to be a cancer patient on the radio. I vowed to shield as much of that from the daily program as I can. I guess… I’m in the third wave of treatment now.

There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave, and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass. For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax. All of this was told to me; it was gonna be a factor.

I mean, nothing is happening that was not told me to me. Nothing I haven’t been warned about. And this is what I mean by those of you who have gone through this, you know what it is, and it’s just… It’s the cost. It’s the price that you pay if you make the decision to go ahead and do treatment to try to prolong your life. I’m doing extremely well, all things considered, the fact that I’m even here today.

The talk radio legend said the first thing he does when he wakes up in the morning is “thank God.”

He also said he didn’t realize until he got sick what a physical and mental drain it was doing his daily three-hour program, including the time it takes to prepare and the “caloric burn” and “accelerated heart rate” during the show itself.

“The compunction I feel to do as well as I can every day — to meet and surpass your expectations — creates demands. And I was unaware of how much it was until this lung cancer diagnosis hit,” he continued. “Now I’m fully aware of it, and I’m aware of my energy limitations, and it’s why I said last Thursday that at any moment we may need to start rolling a best-of show here or guest hosts,” which are on stand-by already.