Oct. 20, 2020 -- Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges announced late Monday that he has lymphoma.
The star of movies such as The Big Lebowski, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and 2009’s Crazy Heart, for which he won a Best Actor Oscar, announced his diagnosis via Twitter.
“Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” said Bridges, 70. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
Bridges’ civic activism has increased in the past decades and, in thanking fans for support, he urged everyone to “please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together.”
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that attacks the lymph system. Bridges did not specify which type of lymphoma he has, and there are many.
There are two main kinds of lymphoma: Hodgkin's lymphoma, where the cancer spreads in an orderly fashion from one lymph node group to another, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, where the spread is not orderly.
The CDC reports there were 70,000 new cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the United States in 2017, and more than 20,000 people died. By comparison, there were only 8,567 new cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma, from which just more than 1,000 people died.