The Kansas City Chiefs made an announcement just before Thanksgiving that star defensive back Eric Berry had discovered a lump in his chest and would be out for the rest of the season.
Here was Chiefs head trainer Rick Burkholder at the time of the announcement
((HT: Kansas City Star))
And coverage from Fox4 in Kansas City that day
We now have a diagnosis of the lump- Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Emory University Hospital in suburban Atlanta released a statement this afternoon:
Doctors at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta have diagnosed Georgia native and Kansas City Chiefs NFL player Eric Berry with Hodgkin lymphoma after completing a medical work-up and thorough testing.
"This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," says Christopher R. Flowers, MD, director of the Emory Lymphoma Program at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute. "The goal of Mr. Berry’s treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now.”
Berry also released a statement on his diagnosis:
“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 have started selling t-shirts that will benefit the Eric Berry Foundation and they can be purchased on the Chiefs website in the near future as they had only been available at Arrowhead Stadium until now.