Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
The 70-year-old actor announced the news on Twitter on Monday evening. “As the Dude would say… New sh– has come to light,” he started his post, making a light-hearted reference to his beloved character in The Big Lebowski.
“I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” Bridges continued. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
In follow-up tweet, Bridges thanked his family and friends for their “love and support”, and encouraged his fans to vote in the upcoming election. “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together,” he wrote alongside a link to Vote.org.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in a body’s lymphatic system and attacks its immune system cells. There are two types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s lymphoma is considered one of the most treatable cancers, with more than 90% of patients surviving more than five years. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is typically not diagnosed until it has reached a more advanced stage, but it’s still treatable and about 70% of diagnosed patients survive five years or more.
Our best wishes are with Bridges and his family.
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.
Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. https://t.co/6sAU4MYixl
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020