Gary Tanguay not slowing down during cancer treatments

Tanguay, a fixture on Boston television since his days at Channel 4 two decades ago, announced in April that he is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Gary Tanguay, a fixture on Boston television since his days at Channel 4 two decades ago, announced in April that he is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Gary Tanguay, a fixture on Boston television since his days at Channel 4 two decades ago, announced in April that he is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. –Boston Globe file photo

Gary Tanguay had only a moment to talk early Wednesday evening, an interviewer catching him on the telephone just a few minutes before he was set to go on the air to co-host NBC Sports Boston’s “Early Edition’’ program.

Such scenarios don’t lend themselves to long interviews. But in this particular scenario, it’s nothing less than continued good news.

Tanguay, a fixture on Boston television since his days at Channel 4 two decades ago, announced in April that he is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

But during his treatment at Dana-Farber, he has remained on NBC Sports Boston’s programming, which was interpreted as a hopeful sign that his treatment was going well.

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Tanguay, one of the most well-liked people on the Boston media scene among his peers and colleagues, confirmed that his treatment has gone well and he is feeling as good as can be expected.

“The doctors at Dana-Farber have been amazing, and the support from Boston sports fans and our viewers has been great,’’ he said. “There’s a lot to be said for keeping a positive attitude, too.’’

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a blood cancer considered to be one of the more treatable forms of cancer if detected early.

Tanguay has been his usual self on the air — his takes are never lukewarm, let’s put it that way — and the only noticeable difference is an expected one. His hair has given way to the Mr. Clean look. He shaved it off after it began falling out after he began treatment.

“My son told me it doesn’t look as bad as he expected it to,’’ Tanguay said with a laugh.

Since shaving his head, Tanguay has been posting short videos on Twitter wearing different hats that people have sent him.

In the clips, he encourages viewers to donate to Dana-Farber and associated fund-raisers, such as the superb The Ringer basketball writer and Massachusetts native Kevin O’Connor’s since-completed “Dunk On Cancer’’ fund-raiser. O’Connor’s dad, Paul, is battling cancer.

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“It’s good to be using social media for good once,’’ said Tanguay.