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From YouTuber Hank Green announcing his lymphoma diagnosis, to Jeff Bridges, Martina Navratilova and Leanne Hainsby giving updates on their cancer, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.
Author, YouTuber and VidCon co-founder Hank Green announced that he has cancer.
Hank Green, who is known for penning the books “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” and “A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour,” as well as his YouTube channel and co-founding VidCon — a large conference for content creators — recently announced that he received a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma.
In a May 21 tweet, he said that his PET scan looked “very encouraging … with no involvement of organs outside the lymph nodes,” and that he was diagnosed with stage 2A, on-bulky disease which is, “as good as it gets.”
“Paths forward are either a pure chemo treatment or chemo and radiation, which will depend on a radiologist’s assessment of how well they can avoid doing damage to my heart and lungs while still hitting the cancer and the areas around it,” he said.
Jeff Bridges gave an update on his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In a recent interview with AARP Magazine, Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges said that his tumor shrunk to “the size of a marble” after initially being diagnosed as a “9-by-12-inch tumor.”
The 73-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2020. However, he said that going through cancer was “nothing compared to the COVID.”
“A lot of getting better was a matter of setting really small goals. At first, they’d say, ‘How long can you stand?’ For a while, my record was 45 seconds before I’d collapse. And then they were saying: ‘Oh, look, you’re standing for a minute! That’s so cool, now can you walk 5 feet?’” he said.
Tennis player Martina Navratilova is feeling “OK” after her cancer diagnoses.
Martina Navratilova, who is one of the most decorated female tennis players, announced in January that she received two separate cancer diagnoses: throat and breast cancer.
More recently, the 66-year-old gave an update on her health at the Italian Open, saying, "I've gone through a very difficult year, but now I'm OK.”
New Orleans Saints player is back on the field after a cancer diagnosis.
Foster Moreau, a tight end who signed a three-year deal with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, is back on the practice field with the team after announcing a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis in March.
"My quality of life did not change," Moreau, age 25, told NFL.com. "I'll continue to fight this as long as I need to and as many times as I need to fight this and then go back into remission I will, and that'll be a life sentence for me. But in terms of the struggle that I had to face, was more mental than anything. The real heroes are the kids in the children's hospitals that are really fighting with real chemotherapy, real radiation. Those are the strong ones.”
Moreau underwent cancer treatment about six weeks ago, and is scheduled to have follow-up PET scans over the next few weeks.
Peloton instructor Leanne Hainsby gave an update on her cancer experience.
Leanne Hainsby, who announced earlier this year that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, recently posted a photo of herself on Instagram saying, “ I LOVE THIS PHOTO, and the BEST thing is that it has nothing to do with how I look. I felt confident on this shoot,” she said.
Hainsby then went on to refer to her recent experience with cancer:
“My body and my mind have been through so much, they still are, but I had a quiet strength on this day that I’ve never had before, and that’s why I love this photo,” she said. “I feel so proud of myself that I continued to show up.”
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