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Lester diagnosed with form of cancer

Postby Philly Pride » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:17 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2569341
WebMD: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is cancer of the cells of the lymphatic system. In non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system divide and grow without order or control, or old cells do not die as cells normally do. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can start almost anywhere in the body. It may occur in a single lymph node, in a group of lymph nodes, or in an organ such as the spleen. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can spread to almost any part of the body, including the liver, bone marrow, and spleen.
Over time, lymphoma cells replace the normal cells in the bone marrow. This causes bleeding problems and infections. As the lymphoma cells spread, the body becomes less and less able to produce blood cells that carry oxygen to other tissues or to protect itself from infection.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is different from Hodgkin's lymphoma and occurs about eight times more often.


Good luck to Lester recovering from this. It would be really crappy for such a young talent to be derailed by something like this.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:27 pm

Good luck ;-D
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Postby KoopaTroopa211 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:34 pm

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Good luck, man.
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Postby jzfran » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:21 pm

It's sad news from Boston. Lester is a great pitcher and from what I hear a great guy. I wish him a speedy recovery and this really puts baseball in perspective.
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Postby cordscords » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:29 pm

Really hope that he ends up being ok. Hope you get better John.
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Postby mweir145 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:32 pm

Both my uncle and my cousin got this form of cancer over the past few years. My uncle died from it, but my cousin recovered and is now currently going to university. The main difference between the two cases was that the doctors found it early in my cousin, but very late in my uncle.

Hopefully they found it early in Lester with these tests, and he hasn't been having these problems for awhile. It might be a long recovery for him regardless, though. Good luck. ;-D
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Postby thedude » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:37 pm

From what i hear, there is a 75% recover rate from this form of cancer and it requires about 6 months of kemotherapy.

Good luck Lester. I hope you beat this and return to the game you love.
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Postby go_jays_go » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:44 pm

Get better Jon. Here's to a speedy recovery and all the best. :-/
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Postby Mugrila » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:50 pm

Never a good situation for anybody, much less somebody with such a bright future. :-/ All the best Jon.
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Postby Richie Rich » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:57 am

You really put baseball aside in this type of situation and take a step back...Good Luck Jon we are pulling for you. All the best.
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