ABC's Thompson Discloses Lymphoma, Says He's In Remission
April 11, 2007 at 8:52 AM (PT)
Actor, former Senator, ABC NEWS RADIO Senior Analyst and PAUL HARVEY fill-in FRED THOMPSON told FOX NEWS' NEIL CAVUTO that he has indolent lymphoma but that he has not experienced any symptoms and that the cancer is in remission.
THOMPSON said he was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago with the disease but added, "I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't satisfied in my own mind as to the nature of it and the fact that not only will I have an average life span, but in the meantime, I will not be affected in any way by it. Now of course nobody knows the future but that has been in the history for almost three years now in terms of no symptoms and no sickness... I have had no illness from it, or even any symptoms. My life expectancy should not be affected. I am in remission, and it is very treatable with drugs if treatment is needed in the future -- and with no debilitating side effects."
I will not be affected in any way by it
Dr. BRUCE CHESON of GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL told FOX NEWS that THOMPSON has a favorable prognosis and is no longer in treatment. THOMPSON continues to explore the possibility of a bid for the Republican nomination for President in 2008.