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Cancer treatment over: Buffett

business Updated: Sep 17, 2012 21:39 IST
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Warren E Buffett

Warren E Buffett says he is done with radiation treatments for prostate cancer, and the prominent investor seems eager to return to work.

Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, broke the news on Friday while speaking to a group of executives from newspapers his company owns.

"It's a great day for me. Today I had my 44th and last day of radiation," he said, according to The Omaha World-Herald, which is one of those newspapers.

Buffett disclosed in April that he had received a diagnosis of prostate cancer. At the time, he said the disease was detected early and was not life-threatening.

Any discussion of Buffett's health raises questions about how long he can keep running his investment vehicle, Berkshire Hathaway.

Buffett turned 82 three weeks ago and celebrated by giving away more of his $44 billion fortune to his three children, for their charitable foundations.

At the time, Buffett said that he was feeling fine and that his decision was not related to his health.

Instead, he wanted to reward his children for the progress of their foundations on such issues as ending violence against women and helping farmers in impoverished nations.

Buffett has already pledged to give away most of his personal fortune to charity.

Buffett had disclosed some elements of his succession plan at Berkshire in February, when he said he had identified his successor as chief executive, without disclosing his name.