Buffett Feels 'Terrific' Despite Prostate Cancer

Berkshire shareholders seem to believe him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2012 3:34 PM CDT
Buffett Feels 'Terrific' Despite Prostate Cancer
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway sings with University of Nebraska cheerleaders prior to the annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, May 5, 2012.   (Dave Weaver)

Warren Buffett insists that he's feeling good after his recent prostate cancer diagnosis. Based on the questions he got at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, shareholders are taking him at his word. Despite the fact that Buffett just disclosed his cancer diagnosis last month, he didn't face the first question about his health until well into this morning's questioning. Many of the questions at the meeting either focused in on technical aspects of Berkshire's many businesses or dealt with general economic or political topics.

"I feel terrific. I love what I do," he said to an audience of more than 30,000 gathered at Omaha's downtown arena and in overflow rooms. He told shareholders that the survival rates for prostate cancer look so good that he thinks the diagnosis is a "non-event." Buffett, 81, has said his four doctors caught his cancer early, and it doesn't represent a serious threat to his health. He plans to undergo radiation treatment in July, but the treatment should have little effect on his daily routine. "I may have a little less energy, but that may mean I do fewer dumb things." (More Warren Buffett stories.)

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