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Controversial writer Christopher Hitchens to receive chemotherapy treatment

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British writer Christopher Hitchens has revealed he is to undergo a course of chemotherapy. In an “Update” published on his publisher’s website, Hitchens announced, “I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.”

The prolific and provocative Hitchens is the author of a number of books including the 2007 bestseller God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Earlier this month, he published a memoir, Hitch-22.