Eric Berry Diagnosed With ‘Very Treatable’ Cancer
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was confirmed to have Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday, according to Dr. Christian Flowers. Berry was initially given a preliminary diagnosis of lymphoma when he complained of chest discomfort on Nov. 20 and went in for testing that revealed a mass in his chest.
"This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," Dr. Flowers said. "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma."
Berry will begin treatment at the Emory University Hospital immediately and is under the care of Dr. Flowers, a lymphoma specialist. The star defender released a statement through the team on Monday:
"My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. 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!"
It isn't clear what this means for Berry's football career, but that certainly pales in comparison to the importance of getting healthy. We wish Berry a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the gridiron, kicking ass and taking names, with a clean bill of health soon.
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