New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced via the team that he will soon begin treatments following a diagnosis of lymphoma.
The 67-year-old general manager who’s in his first season at the helm of the Giants, released a statement via the team in which he disclosed the news of his condition and plans to begin treatment “in the very near future.”
Gettleman, who thanked team co-owner John Mara and Steve Tisch as well as Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes for their support, also expressed optimism ahead of his battle.
“The doctor’s outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive, and so am I,” Gettleman said via the statement.
“I will continue to work as much as the treatment process will allow, and as they know, when I am not in the office, I will be in constant communication with (head coach) Pat (Shurmur), (assistant general manager) Kevin (Abrams) and the rest of our staff.”
According to WebMD, lymphoma, is a cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. There are two types, Non-Hodgkin, which is the more common type, and Hodgkin. The site further states that “Lymphoma is very treatable, and the outlook can vary depending on the type of lymphoma and its stage.”
In his statement, Gettleman also expressed appreciation to the public for “respecting my privacy and that of my family as we work our way through this.”
He added, “I look forward to being back at full strength and devoting all my energy to helping make this 2018 New York Giants team the best it can be.”