Jeff Bridges has been diagnosed with cancer

The actor, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, shared that his prognosis is good.

Actor Jeff Bridges announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

In an announcement on social media, the “Big Lebowski” actor didn’t mince words about the seriousness of his diagnosis.

With a nod to one of his signature characters, Bridges began his statement by writing, “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.”

PHOTO: (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 28, 2017 US actor Jeff Bridges arrives on the red carpet for the 2017 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 28, 2017 US actor Jeff Bridges arrives on the red carpet for the 2017 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. – US actor Jeff Bridges announced on Twitter on October 19, 2020 that he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

“I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma,” he continued. “Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”

Bridges confirmed that he started treatment and he will “keep you posted on my recovery.”

The Academy Award-winning actor, 70, extended his sincerest gratitude to all those that have rallied around him, writing that he’s “profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.” He ended his statement by encouraging people to vote on Nov. 3.

“We are all in this together,” he stated.

Lymphoma is cancer of the body’s lymphatic system, which helps fight germs according to the Mayo Clinic. The organization added that treatment for the disease varies, but may involve chemotherapy, immunotherapy medications, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant or some combination thereof.

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Jeff Bridges announces lymphoma diagnosis, says he’s ‘starting treatment’

Jeff Bridges announced Monday night that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

The actor, 70, shared the news in a series of tweets.

“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” he wrote, referencing his iconic role in “The Big Lebowski.”

“I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” he said. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”

He also shared the news on Facebook and Instagram.

Bridges did not share any details about his prognosis or what stage the illness was at. Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that defends the body against bacteria and viruses. According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, both non-cancerous and cancerous lymphocytes can travel and spread throughout the body.

There are multiple different types of lymphoma, including Hodgkin and Non-Hogdkin lymphoma. Bridges did not specify which he had been diagnosed with.

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Fans and followers quickly filled the comments section of the post with well-wishes.

“Sending you and your family love and healing,” wrote actor Patricia Arquette.

“You’re a fighter,” added George Takei. “You can beat this.”

Many chimed in with “Big Lebowski”-themed messages.

“If anyone can abide this with grace, we know it’s you dude,” wrote one fan, along with a GIF from the famous 1998 movie.

“I’m sorry to hear this. I’m hoping for your full recovery, and know that ‘the Dude’ will abide,” wrote another Twitter user.

Users also added prayers for a speedy recovery and positive prognosis.

“Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time and they have our love and support. We wish him a safe and full recovery,” FX, Touchstone Television, Hulu and FXP said in a statement to Variety; Bridges stars in the FX on Hulu series “The Old Man,” which was supposed to air in June before COVID-19 halted production. “And, as Jeff always says, ‘We are all in this together.’ Jeff, we are all in this together with you.”

In a second post, Bridges thanked family and friends for their “love and support.”

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Jeff Asher: Amid national resurgence of coronavirus, Louisiana can be proud of ‘fragile’ progress | Coronavirus

In my last column, I made what I might call the “cautiously pessimistic” forecast for COVID-19 in Louisiana over the next few weeks/months. But, as I said in that piece, “the evidence is not particularly strong just yet, meaning there is plenty of uncertainty about whether we are actually seeing increasing infections, where they’re occurring, and how bad things could get.”

Today let’s look at the relatively optimistic present, where things in Louisiana are about as good as they have been — while still being in a deadly global pandemic — since early March.

In much of America right now, there is ample evidence that things are getting bad. There were nearly 70,000 new cases reported nationally on Oct. 16, the most since July, and cases are rising faster than tests nationally.

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Wisconsin reported over 4,000 new cases on Oct. 16 with 28% of tests coming back positive, indicating that the number of infections is significantly higher than even that incredible number of known new cases. The Dakotas are seeing some of the highest rates of new cases in the country.

It is not just the U.S. either. Countries across Europe are implementing new restrictions in the face of a new surge.

But so far, Louisiana has been spared the COVID spike that is gripping much of the country.

So far.

A partial explanation may be that Louisiana was arguably the only state in the country to have an initial wave in March and a second wave in June/July. Louisiana’s re-opening has also been cautious and staggered, which has helped to prevent outbreaks over a month after the state entered Phase 3.

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Fewer than 5% of tests reported statewide have come back positive on 13 of the first 14 days of October where data was reported. The data has been even better in Orleans Parish, where tests have come back positive at a rate of 2.5% or less on all 14 days.

Florida, by contrast, fully re-opened restaurants, bars, and gyms, among other businesses, on Sept. 28 despite still logging around 100 deaths per day and a positivity rate of over 10%, and the state is already seeing increasing cases and a climbing positive test rate.

Meanwhile, the evidence of increasing COVID in Louisiana that I wrote about last time has not really panned out. COVID-related hospitalizations are up slightly from where they were in early October, but they have been relatively steady for much of the last three weeks. And Google searches for COVID symptoms looked like they were increasing in early October, but that trend seems less clear now than it did a week or two ago.

The progress that Louisiana has made is real, but it is also fragile.

Data from Tulane and LSU

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