NEW HYDE PARK, NY – Kansas City Chiefs’ Safety Eric Berry is said to have a mass on his chest that may be lymphoma, which a New York oncologist says is possible given his age.
“A younger person is unlikely to have a disease such as lung cancer or a spread of another cancer from somewhere else in the body, like for example colorectal cancer,” says Jonathan Kolitz, MD, associate chief of hematologic oncology at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute. “Lymphoma is overwhelmingly the most likely malignancy that someone this age would present with if a mass was detected in the chest.”
There is also a chance that it could be a germ cell tumor or another ailment, Dr. Kolitz notes.
In the case of Eric Berry or other athletes who have cancers, being in top physical condition is beneficial when going through chemotherapy and radiation, Dr. Kolitz says. Some potential signs of lymphoma are:
- Unexplained discomfort
- Abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- A lump
- An abnormal blood count