Abby Lee Miller
has been preliminarily diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer
that develops in the Lymphatic system, according to reports.
“It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – it’s a type of a cancer,” says Abby’s physician, Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon.
“We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”
As previously reported, the reality star was being treated at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, when she started experiencing “excruciating neck pain” and weakness in her arms.
“Over the next two days, her condition started deteriorating,” Dr. Melamed told People Magazine at the time.
“Not just her pain, but her weakness started getting worse. In the span of 24 hours, which was something that I have not seen, her condition rapidly deteriorated. She was completely paralyzed from the neck down.”
“If we didn’t do something, she was going to die. Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well,” he said of the health scare.
Following the emergency surgery, Abby began to feel more sensation. “She’s made some recovery in 24 hours, which is better than no recovery,” her doctor continued.
However, the 51-year-old is “not out of the woods,” as Dr. Melamed says, “There’s a chance this can spread to any part of the body … this is probably coming from somewhere else.”
Moreover, “We don’t know where the source is. Any tumor that spreads anywhere is automatically Stage 4, but we have not determined the stage yet,” Dr. Melamed added.
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