Irish footballer diagnosed with MALT lymphoma

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Professional footballer Stephen McPhail, a 29 year old Irish star midfielder for Cardiff City FC and the Republic of Ireland, has Stage I MALT lymphoma and will undergo three weeks of treatment, according to the BBC.

In an official statement, Cardiff City says they expect McPhail to return to the team by January of 2010.

Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a very rare subtype of extranodal marginal zone lymphoma. About 3,700 people are diagnosed with this indolent lymphoma each year, the majority of them aged 60 or older. Early-stage MALT lymphomas can often be treated with antibiotics, although sometimes chemotherapy and/or radiation is required.

By Ross Bonander

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