Lymphoma is a rare type of cancer which affects the lymphatic system. It can strike at any age and has no gender preference. As with all diseases, celebrities are not immune, so we’ve put together a list of six celebrities who have battled lymphoma.
1. Gene Wilder
Actor and comedian Gene Wilder is best-known for roles in films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1999 and following chemotherapy and stem cell treatment went into remission in 2005. Sadly, Wilder passed away earlier this year following complications with Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Michael C. Hall
Dexter actor Michael C. Hall announced in January 2010 that he had been secretly undergoing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma and was in remission. The actor then became a spokesman for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, sharing his experience and helping to raise awareness of the disease.
3. Mr. T’s Story with T-Cell Lymphoma
Eighties TV star Mr. T is famous the world over for his role as B.A. Baracus, as well as for being a famous wrestler. However, he saved his biggest fight for the one against T-cell lymphoma in 1995. Although he beat the lymphoma that time around, the cancer returned a year later. After a long battle with the disease, Mr. T finally went into remission after years of treatment.
4. Tony Iommi, Still Fighting Lymphoma
Black Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012. The 68-year-old recently announced that he was quitting the band after their next tour in 2017. Tommy is still receiving treatment for his lymphoma.
5. Jackie Kennedy
Jackie Kennedy will remain one of the most famous first ladies of the United States. It was during a horse riding accident in 1993 that a doctor discovered a swollen lymph node in her groin and after tests, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Sadly, the lymphoma was aggressive and had spread to other parts of her body and she died in 1994.
6. James Conner
Twenty-one-year-old American football player James Conner was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkins lymphoma and underwent a course of chemotherapy. The running back for the Pittsburgh Panthers is now in remission.