Andy Whitfield Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's LymphomaAndy Whitfield, who plays the lead on the Starz drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has been diagnosed with a treatable form of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), which is more common than Hodgkin's lymphoma, is cancer of the cells of the lymphatic system. When one has NHL, then cells in the lymphatic system grow without order or control or old cells do not die normally. NHL is a far-reaching disease and can occur in a single lymph node, a group of lymph nodes or an organ. It can also spread quickly to almost any part of the body.
Whitfield, 35, doesn't seem distressed.
"I'm receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me," the star told EW.com.
Symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma include a painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm or groin. Patients are also likely to experience an unexplained fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and itchy patches on the skin.
The ability to cure non-Hodgkin's lymphoma depends on which stage the cancer is in and what the cells look like under the microscope when the lymphoma is diagnosed. NHL is often treated with radiation or chemotherapy.
Starz has postponed production on season 2, "Spartacus: Vengeance," while Whitfield receives treatment. NHL is treated with radiation or chemotherapy.