Actor Jeff Bridges Says His Cancer Is In Remission
Nearly one year after Jeff Bridges revealed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, the actor has shared the exciting news that his cancer is in remission.
Bridges, 71, also gave fans an update about how he’s feeling after suffering from long-haul COVID-19 symptoms. On a blog post on Monday, he wrote:
“Lots has gone down since my last installment. My cancer is in remission — the 9″ x 12″ mass has shrunk down to the size of a marble. My COVID is in the rearview mirror.”
On January 7, he received a letter from the facility where he was getting chemo. It told him he may have been exposed to COVID-19, he wrote in a blog post dated March 28 that he’d held back from publishing until he was feeling better. “Soon after, my wife Sue and I share an ambulance to the ICU. We both got the ‘Rona. Sue spends 5 days in the hospital. Me…? I’m there 5 weeks.”
The Oscar winner explained that his stay was longer since his immune system was “shot from the chemo.”
“My dance with COVID makes my cancer look like a piece of cake,” he wrote at the time.
Since he has been home, Bridges said Monday, he has been working with a therapist to help strengthen his lung capacity and get him off the supplemental oxygen he had been relying on since his COVID-19 diagnosis.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the way the body fights germs, according to the Mayo Clinic. The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Men over the age of 55 are among the higher risk groups for developing lymphoma.
Bridges’ acting credits include “The Big Lebowski,” “True Grit,” “Starman,” “Iron Man” and “The Last Picture Show.” His turn as a country singer in “Crazy Heart” won him the Oscar for best actor in 2010.