The New York Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman announced on Tuesday that the 67-year-old will soon begin treatment for lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system, which helps the body fight disease.
In a statement on the team website, Gettleman said:
“Recently, I underwent an annual physical, during which it was discovered I have lymphoma. Over the past week, I have undergone more testing to determine the course of treatment, which is scheduled to start in the very near future.
“The doctor’s outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive, and so am I.
“I will continue to work as much as the treatment process will allow, and as they know, when I am not in the office, I will be in constant communication with Pat (Shurmur), Kevin (Abrams) and the rest of our staff.
“I am thankful to John Mara and Steve Tisch and our organization for their support and encouragement, and to Ronnie Barnes for his guidance and assistance. And, of course, to my wife Joanne and our children for their love and support.
“And I want to thank you in advance for respecting my privacy and that of my family as we work our way through this. I look forward to being back at full strength and devoting all my energy to helping make this 2018 New York Giants team the best it can be.”
Gettleman is in his first year as the Giants’ GM, though he was with the team as a pro personnel director for over a decade; he was the Carolina Panthers GM from 2013-2016.
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