by David Wallace
I’m personally shocked and saddened to learn Jeff Bridges, the beloved Oscar winning celebrity and one of my favorite actors has the blood cancer, lymphoma. Our positive healing vibes join millions of fans and fellow lymphoma survivors showing their support for the famous actor…”dude, you got this.” He states “I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”
There are a couple of different types of lymphoma, including Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Bridges didn’t say exactly what type of blood cancer he was dealing with, but all lymphomas affect the lymph system, which is a part of the immune system. The lymph system includes the lymph nodes as well as bone marrow, the spleen, and the thymus gland. Lymphoma can also spread from those areas to other parts of the body.
Major thumbs up to Jeff Bridges for sharing his diagnosis, in a sense becoming a spokesperson for a blood cancer that many folks have never heard of.
Celebrities Living with blood cancer
- Tom Brokaw surviving 7 years with multiple myeloma
- Jeff Bridges announces lymphoma diagnosis
- Robin Roberts beat MDS with a bone marrow transplant
- Ryan O’Neal was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in 2001
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar living with CML since 2008
- Mr. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995
- Phyllis George dies from polycythemia vera related complications (announced after her death, had to include)
- This is just a snapshot of a few celebrities living with blood cancer
I will continue to beat the drum until we have a “celebrity spokesperson” to bring awareness of our uncommon blood cancer, the chronic leukemia, myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). While spokesperson isn’t necessarily the precise term, rest assured the very mention that a well known person has cancer, shines the spotlight on that particular cancer, bringing news coverage, attention and discussion about the disease.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 20, 2020