Duane Patterson is known to the nation as @Radioblogger or Generalissimo, Hugh Hewitt’s able and much-maligned producer.

But to a bunch of friends across the nation called The Tribbles, Duane’s a friend and great guy.

Duane informed us on his 7/27 Aftershow that the cancer, first diagnosed in 2012, and twice beaten, was back. To be precise, the Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma was back.

Here is the full explanation:

After the news had soaked in, the only appropriate response was a recording of encouragement, humor and well-wishes from a gaggle of Duane’s friends, many of whom are Tribbles.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane as he fights this thing.

Follow Duane’s journey and log comments at Caringbridge.