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Jeff Bridges Diagnosed with Lymphoma

The 70-year-old actor says his prognosis "is good"

Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma
Jeff Bridges, photo by Audrey Hall
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    Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma.

    The 70-year-old actor announced the news on Twitter on Monday evening. “As the Dude would say… New sh– has come to light,” he started his post, making a light-hearted reference to his beloved character in The Big Lebowski.

    “I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” Bridges continued. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”

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    In follow-up tweet, Bridges thanked his family and friends for their “love and support”, and encouraged his fans to vote in the upcoming election. “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together,” he wrote alongside a link to Vote.org.

    Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in a body’s lymphatic system and attacks its immune system cells. There are two types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s lymphoma is considered one of the most treatable cancers, with more than 90% of patients surviving more than five years. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is typically not diagnosed until it has reached a more advanced stage, but it’s still treatable and about 70% of diagnosed patients survive five years or more.

    Our best wishes are with Bridges and his family.

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