Transcript for Jeff Bridges reveals his tumor has ‘drastically shrunk’
We move on to our cover story. Encouraging news from Jeff bridges. He revealed the treatment he's receiving has drastically shrunk his tumor and will reeve has the details. Good morning, will. Reporter: Good morning, this is what we love to hear. If you're looking for something, anything to make you smile on this Friday, the dude abides. This morning, good news from actor Jeff bridges in an update on his battle with lymphoma. The 71-year-old sharing in an online journal his cancerous tumor appears to have drastically shhr. Nk turns out it's working beautifully. The thing has drastically shrunk. Nobody calls me lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I'm the dude, man. Reporter: Known for his roles in "The big LE bow questions, "Crazy heart" and "True grit." Bridges first revealed his diagnosis last October. Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, a vital part of the body's disease-fighting network. It can occur in adults and children. According to the American cancer society, lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in the U.S., accounting for about 4% of all cancers. Chances of developing lymphoma are about 1 in 41 for men and 1 in 52 for women. After shaving his head and beginning treatment, the dude has remained vocal about his battle posting about it regularly on social media. Flashing a big smile on his 71st birthday with his new puppy Monty ringing in the new year with his wife and even grabbing his guitar and singing an original tune. We're all in the same boat so why can't it be a friendship Reporter: With the phrase all in this together inscribed. Please let it be friendship Reporter: In a previous journal entry bridges said he was feeling all the love from his fans writing, quote, it's contagious all this love like some kind of positive virus. I want to acknowledge and thank you guys for reaching out at this time. Our thoughts are with Jeff bridges, George. They sure are. Let's bring in Dr. Jen Ashton for more on this tumor that has shrunk. It has to be great news. It is. We have to remember there is always reason for optimism especially when you're talking about the world of oncology and cancer but the awareness is key because as will said this only represents about 4% of all cancers in the U.S., so people do need to be kind of aware of what the symptoms are. They're vague. But they can include enlarged lymph nodes generally in the neck or armpit or groin, fevers, night sweats, unintentional weight loss, of course, you can have many of these things and not have lymphoma but when a celebrity like Jeff bridges come Ford -- forward like this it does so much to increase awareness. What are treatments? It depends what type and the age of the patient, the stage of the lymphoma but in general you're talking about chemotherapy, radiation, some targeted therapies, but these can all be incredibly effective and, again, we follow it a number of way, sometimes with blood tests but really the classic is with imaging studies like C.A.T. Scans so when we see tumors get smaller, exactly what weigh want to see. Jen, thanks very much. Cecilia. We turn now to our series,
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