Celebrity Cancer Updates You May Have Missed

Cancer does not see fame or social status, as people from all walks of life can be diagnosed. Here is a roundup of cancer developments from noteworthy individuals.

ESPN sportscaster receives another cancer diagnosis.

After being diagnosed with melanoma in August, ESPN sportscaster and former basketball coach Dick Vitale this week announced his diagnosis of lymphoma.

“For the second time in just a few months, I’ve been diagnosed with a form of cancer. As a result of some symptoms I’ve had in recent weeks, I’ve been undergoing tests and doctors have now confirmed it’s lymphoma,” the 82-year-old said in a statement on ESPN Front Row.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell – who was being treated for multiple myeloma – died of COVID-19.

Colin L. Powell, the first Black Secretary of State in the United States, died this week due to complications from COVID-19. The 84-year-old was also being treated for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that can affect the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations.

A family statement declared that Powell was “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 but did not discuss if he received a booster shot, which is often recommended for this patient population.

Berner, a San Francisco-based rapper, revealed his cancer diagnosis.

Last week, Berner announced on social media that a blood test revealed that he had cancer, though he did not specify the type.

Now, the rapper says that he is focusing on treatment, eating healthy, spending time with his family and finishing the album he is currently working on. Berner also encouraged people to be in-tune with their bodies and get screening when appropriate – especially if they have a family history of cancer.

Hasbro CEO, Brian Goldner, died from cancer.

Brian Goldner died shortly after announcing that he was taking a leave of absence for cancer treatment from his position as CEO at Hasbro.

Goldner, aged 58, joined the toy company in 2000 and became CEO in 2008. Hasbro owns more than 1,500 brands, including: Nerf, My Little Pony, Transformers, Play-Dog, Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons and more.

Granville Adams, star of HBO’s “Oz” died a year after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

On Oct. 10, Granville Adams, who played Zahir Arif on the HBO show “Oz,” died from cancer.

The actor was first diagnosed in 2020, and when he could not work anymore, Tom Fontana, the creator of “Oz,” and co-star Dean Gerard set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical bills. To-date, it has raised over $112,000, with money now going toward funeral expenses.

 

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