Longtime Lexington television news anchor Sam Dick underwent successful prostate cancer surgery on Thursday morning.
"The doctor came in and said it was the best possible outcome," said Dick's wife, Noelle, noting it appears the cancer had not spread.
She said her husband, a triathlete, told her after the surgery that he "was ready to run."
"I said, 'Sam, you can't go running,' and he said, 'I'm going to go really soon,'" she recalled.
The anchor for WKYT (Channel 27) went public with his health issue as a way to help raise awareness of the benefits of early screenings. His father, David Dick, who was a CBS News correspondent for 19 years, died of the disease in July.
WKYT News Director Robert Thomas said the station has received numerous calls from viewers, and "we're very happy to be able to pass along the good news."
Dick, who is to be released from the hospital Friday morning, plans to return to work Dec. 27. In his absence, longtime colleague Bill Bryant will join Amber Philpott on the 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, Thomas said. Bryant will continue to do the morning newscasts, too, but his noon co-anchor Barbara Bailey will anchor those newscasts alone. Philpott will also anchor the 11 p.m. newscast alone.
During the week of Christmas, the newscasts will have solo anchors, as is typical at the time because of staff vacations.