‘Seinfeld’ Actor Reveals Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Ryne Sandberg Is Cancer-Free and More

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From Michael Richards revealing his prostate cancer diagnosis to MLB Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg being cancer-free, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.

“Seinfeld” actor Michael Richards revealed that he has prostate cancer.

Michael Richards, who is best known for his role as Cosmo Kramer on the sitcom “Seinfeld,” discussed his prostate cancer diagnosis in his upcoming memoir, “Entrances and Exits,” which comes out on June 4.

The actor, who is currently 74 years old, said that he was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer in the summer of 2018 after high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were revealed during a routine checkup. After a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis, he underwent surgery to remove the entire prostate.

"It had to be contained quickly," Richards said in an interview with PEOPLE. "I had to go for the full surgery. If I hadn't, I probably would have been dead in about eight months."

MLB Hall-of-Famer, Ryne Sandberg, said that he has no signs of cancer.

Ryne Sandberg, a former player for the Chicago Cubs, announced in January that he received a diagnosis of metastatic prostate cancer in December 2023. Now, in a more recent update shared on Instagram, the 64-year-old stated that PET scans and MRI tests showed no signs of cancer.

“This is after finishing chemo treatments and headed to radiation for several weeks since the original diagnosis was incurable cancer,” he wrote, stating that he wanted to keep treatments at a minimum. “We have made it to that goal and will continue treatments as we are ‘crushing it’ to win the battle. Symptoms remain on a daily basis, but still having semi-normal good days.”

The announcement comes after Sandberg, who is a 10-time All-Star, according to MLB.com, threw the ceremonial first pitch in the Cubs’ opening game at Wrigley Field on April 1. The team mentioned that they plan to unveil a statue of him later this year.

The “Super Size Me” documentarian died of cancer.

Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker who created the Oscar-nominated 2004 documentary, “Super Size Me” died of complications from cancer, according to a family statement. He was 53 years old.

"Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas, and generosity," his brother, Craig Spurlock, said in a statement. "The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man."

Spurlock, a West Virginia native, was known for his documentary, “Super Size Me,” where he ate only fast food every day for 30 days. The movie documented his physical and psychological health. Later, her made a sequel to the documentary called “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” that exposed the fast food industry’s attempt to appear healthier.

The author of “From Scratch” opened up about her husband’s cancer diagnosis.

Tembi Locke, who wrote the memoir, “From Scratch,” which was turned into a Netflix series by the same name, recently sat down with Hoda Kotb on “The Today Show” to discuss her husband’s leiomyosarcoma diagnosis.

Locke explained that her late husband, Italian chef, Saro Gullo, took a yoga class, and then felt lingering pain in his knee. After getting imaging done, Locke said, “it became clear within a couple of weeks that there was something more than just a meniscus that was torn.”

Gullo ended up receiving a diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma — a rare cancer that occurs in the smooth muscle tissue — in 2002. He died a decade after the diagnosis.

"That moment, when you get the diagnosis, it's so arresting," Locke said. "Even just talking about it, I feel like my body remembers it. I just remember being so stunned."

A Houston Texans player finished cancer treatment.

Dylan Horton, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, posted a video of himself on Instagram ringing a bell to signify his final radiation treatment. The 23-year-old, was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2023 during his rookie season with the Texans. He first announced in November that he had to step away due to a “personal matter” and then on Dec. 1 learned that he had cancer, according to ESPN.

In March, Horton released a statement saying that he was in remission and hoped to return to football soon.

"Glory to God. Final Treatment," Horton said in the video.


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