Jeff Bridges took to Twitter today to reveal that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The 70-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Jeffery, aka The Dude, in 1998 movie The Big Lebowski, informed his 307,300 followers that he has started treatment and the prognosis was good.
Referencing his most well known character, Jeff’s tweet began: “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.”
He went on to say: “I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma.
“Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.
“I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
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Twitter followers and fans rushed to the comments section to share their well wishes with the star.
“You’re a fighter. You can beat this,” Star Trek actor George Takei wrote alongside the post.
“I’m sure one of the only things we could ALL agree on as a planet is that we ALL wish you well Jeff Bridges. sending you positive vibes man,” added actor Sean Maguire.
A third follower said: “I have bonded with people over your role as the Dude and made lifelong friendships as a result. I wish you all the best through your treatment and recovery.”
“Keeping the faith with you love!,” added actress Rosario Dawson.
One fan asked what type of Lymphoma he had been diagnosed with.
“Hodgkin’s or non Hodgkin’s? Either way, wishing you the best. I was diagnosed over 3 years ago with HL and I am in remission,” the social media user happily revealed.
Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system.
There are two main types – Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Hodgkin Lymphoma.
According to the NHS website the most common symptom of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit or groin.