Christopher Hitchens diagnosed with cancer

As widely reported online and hardly mentioned in media elsewhere, Christopher Hitchens has announced via his Vanity Fair column that he’s undergoing chemotherapy for esophagus cancer. Sadly and predictably, some quickly jumped in to claim divine retribution for his diagnosis of this terrible disease, while others slyly mock with their condolences of prayer for his recovery. To the credit of VF they seem to be cleaning out the hate speech comments now as only a few remain.

With the prognosis of this form of cancer so low, here’s hoping they caught it early and the treatment works.

The Wikipedia article covers the disease in great (albeit gory) detail.

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