The voice of the Pirates made his first public comments Wednesday concerning his battle with cancer.   Jeff Charles was a guest on Pirate Radio 1250's "Live @ Five". 

He thanked and updated the pirate nation on his health.  Jeff told Troy Dreyfus and Jonathan Ellerbe that the tumor removed from his colon, on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being the worst, was a 4.  But he says he is now getting stronger each day, and he is expecting to start chemo treatments in a few weeks.  Those treatments will last six  months. 

He says doctors also found a tumor on his lung, and he will have that biopsied in a couple weeks to find out if it is cancerous.   Jeff wants to thank all those who have sent cards and well wishes to him during the last month.