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Fred Thompson Has Lymphoma, Treatable and Asymptomatic

Fred! himself writes at RedState, and offers an FAQ on his condition:

That point was driven home to me about 2 1/2 years ago when, shortlyafter a routine physical, I was diagnosed with what the doctors call anindolent lymphoma. Of the 30-plus kinds of lymphoma this is a "good"kind, if there is such a thing.

I have had no illness from it, or even any symptoms. My lifeexpectancy should not be affected. I am in remission, and it is verytreatable with drugs if treatment is needed in the future--and with nodebilitating side effects.

I am one of the lucky ones. There are many lucky ones today. And forall of our diversity, we share one thing in common--a deep appreciationfor the fact that we live in the United States of America and have thebest medicine and the best doctors the world has even known.

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Instapundit had this to say, which made me think, "aren't we lucky to live in a time and place where we can say that about certain forms of cancer?"

Doesn't sound like a very big deal, but stay tuned.

Allah notes what we're all thinking: You don't announce this if you're not running

He will be on Cavuto today to talk about it, which ought to be a great interview, given than Cavuto beat Hodgkin's lymphoma, himself.

I don't think the announcement hurts his presidential chances, given that his prognosis is extraordinarily good. The Republican candidate mix is a veritable grab-bag of infirmities and beaten cancers, so I don't know why this would injure him.


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