NFL's Eric Berry has Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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Results are back for 25 year old Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry—as suspected, Berry has lymphoma, specifically, Hodgkin's lymphoma.

“This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches,” said Christopher R. Flowers, director of the Winship Cancer Institute lymphoma program at Emory University in Atlanta. “The goal of Mr. Berry’s treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now.”

Because Berry is from Fairburn, GA, he is being treated at Emory so that he can be nearer to his family for support.

“My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks,” said Berry in a statement released Monday. “I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes. I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I’m praying for you and keep fighting!”

Berry initially complained about pain in his chest back on November 20. Initial testing showed a mass in his chest.

Source: The Kansas City Star

Photo of Eric Berry by Jeffrey Beall. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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