Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

KC's Berry Has Hodgkin's Disease

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

KC's Berry Has Hodgkin's Disease

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KANSAS CITY * Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.

Berry had been undergoing tests at Emory University in Atlanta since an MRI exam nearly two weeks ago showed a mass on the right side of his chest. At the time doctors were still uncertain whether the mass was cancerous, but further testing revealed the lymphoma.

Dr. Christopher Flowers, who directs the lymphoma program at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute, said Monday that Berry will undergo "standard chemotherapy approaches" to treat the disease. Flowers did not provide a timetable or prognosis for recovery.

"The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now," Flowers said in a statement issued through the Chiefs.

Hodgkin's disease, also called Hodgkin's lymphoma, is a cancer of the immune system that only represents about 8 percent of all diagnosed lymphomas. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 9,000 people will be diagnosed with it in the United States this year.

The survival rate in 1960 was about 40 percent, but advancements in medicine combined with earlier detections have increased the survival rate to more than 80 percent.

"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," Berry said in a statement. "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."

Hall of Fame hockey player Mario Lemieux was diagnosed with the same disease in 1993, at the height of his career. He underwent radiation and other treatment and missed about two months, and later took a leave of absence. …

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