‘This cancer is making me appreciate my mortality’: Jeff Bridges, 70, poses hooked up to an IV and says love from fans feels like a ‘positive virus’ after lymphoma diagnosis
- Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, the body’s disease-fighting network
- The actor revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good
- Bridges is currently in production on the action-drama series The Old Man, in which he stars and is executive producer
- The seven-time Oscar nominee is known for his roles in Starman, True Grit, The Last Picture Show and many other films
Jeff Bridges has said his cancer diagnosis has made him ‘appreciate [his] mortality’, and has brought on feelings of ‘gratitude’.
The star, 70, revealed last week he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but he has been inundated with thoughtful messages and admitted all the love he has received feels like ‘some kind of positive virus’.
He wrote on his website: ‘This cancer thing is bringing on feelings of precociousness & gratitude & good old fashion love & lots of it, big time. I’m feeling so much of it comin’ my way, & man I appreciate it.
‘Cancer is making me appreciate my mortality’: Jeff Bridges, 70, shared a photo of himself hooked up to an IV and said love from fans feels like a ‘positive virus’ following lymphoma diagnosis
‘It’s contagious, all this love, like some kind of positive virus. I want to acknowledge & thank you guys for reaching out during this time. It feels good, getting all the well wishes & love!
‘This cancer is making me appreciate my mortality, appreciate impermanence. I’m realizing if I have s*** to share, now’s the time. (sic)”
Jeff also pointed people towards his site with a post on Instagram.
He wrote: ‘I want to thank you all for reaching out during this time, it feels good getting all the well wishes and love! I’ll be sharing more updates on my site. Link in bio.’
Information: Jeff shared this post on his website jeffbridges.com/latest where he updated fans on where how he is doing
Bridges also pointed his fans to his website jeffbridges.com/latest where he promised he’ll be posting updates on his progress.
The actor revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good.
‘As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,’ he tweeted, referencing his iconic role 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. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery,’ he shared.
‘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. Love, Jeff.’
Health battle: Bridges revealed via social media on October 19 that he is being treated for the cancer and insisted that his prognosis is good
Beloved actor: ‘As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,’ he tweeted, referencing his iconic role in The Big Lebowski
Bridges is currently in production on the action-drama series The Old Man, in which he stars and is executive producer.
The seven-time Oscar nominee is known for his roles in Starman, True Grit, The Last Picture Show and many other films.
He won an Academy Award in 2010 for Crazy Heart and was most recently nominated for playing a grizzled lawman in Hell or High Water.
The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998.
Acclaimed star: The affable Bridges is considered Hollywood royalty, the son of actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, who both died in 1998
WHAT IS LYMPHOMA?
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes, which is the body’s disease-fighting network.
That network consists of the spleen, bone marrow, lymph nodes and thymus gland.
There are various types of lymphoma, but two main ones: non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s.
Both have much better prognoses than many types of cancer.
WHAT IS HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells. It is named after Thomas Hodgkin, an English doctor who first identified the disease in 1832.
It affects around 1,950 people each year in the UK, and 8,500 a year in the US.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is most common between the ages of 20 and 24, and 75 and 79.
Five-year survival rates:
The survival rates are much more favorable than most other cancers.
- Stage 1: 90%
- Stage 2: 90%
- Stage 3: 80%
- Stage 4: 65%
- a painless swelling in the armpits, neck and groin
- heavy night sweating
- extreme weight loss
- shortness of breath
- lowered immunity
- a family history of the condition
- those who are overweight
- stem cell or bone marrow transplants
WHAT IS NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can occur anywhere in the body but is usually first noticed in the lymph nodes around sufferers’ necks.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects around 13,700 new people every year in the UK. In the US, more than 74,600 people are diagnosed annually.
It is more common in males than females, and it is commonly diagnosed either in a patient’s early 20s or after the age of 55.
Five-year survival rates:
Survival can vary widely with NHL.
The general survival rate for five years is 70 percent, and the chance of living 10 years is approximately 60 percent.
- Painless swellings in the neck, armpit or groin
- Heavy night sweating
- Unexplained weight loss of more than one-tenth of a person’s body
- over 75
- have a weak immune system
- suffer from celiac disease
- have a family history of the condition
- have had other types of cancer
It depends on the number and locations of the body affected by Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Therapy typically includes chemotherapy.