Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry has Hodgkin Lymphoma
(Bleacher Report) KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City star safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, BJ Kissel of the team’s official websitereported Monday.
“This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches,” said Dr. Christopher R. Flowers, the director of the Emory Lymphoma Program at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, in a statement.
“The goal of Mr. Berry’s treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now.”
Berry also released the following statement:
My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes. I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I’m praying for you and keep fighting!
The Chiefs placed Berry on the non-football illness list following their Nov. 20 game against the Raiders, ending his season. A mass was discovered on the right side of his chest in the week following the Raiders game.
Berry, 25, has played for the Chiefs for four seasons after being drafted fifth overall in 2010. He has accumulated 289 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight interceptions in 54 games.
He is a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro selection.