Dance Moms Cast REACT to Abby Having Cancer
Abby Lee Miller Just Suffered Another Scary Setback in Her Cancer Treatment
Abby Lee Miller was spotted outside in a wheelchair late last week as she continues treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
TheDance Momsstar, 51, wore a black top, black shorts, beanie, and what appeared to be compression stockings as she caught some sunshine, per a photo obtained byPeople.
Days earlier, Abby told fans on that she had been battling a 103 degree fever and a low white blood cell count. "Pray 🙏🏻 my white blood cell count goes up and my 103 fever goes down!" she wrote in the caption.
It's been a long, winding road of treatment for Abby since being diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma following emergency surgery in April. In addition to multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Abby has also had to learn how to walk again after two emergency treatments on her spine, according toET Online.
Right before her first surgery in April, Abby "couldn't move," according to her doctor, Hooman Melamed. "Forget paralysis—if she waited much longer she would’ve died from this," he toldET Online.
Abby has documented her progress with walking on Instagram—the most recent update from last Wednesday, when Abby shared a photo of herself standing up next to a wheelchair with the help of physical therapists.
Abby has appeared to stay positive amid her dramatic health struggles on social media. “After the second surgery, my back is finally on the mend. I just wish the top section and bottom would hurry along too!” she wrote on Instagram on June 30. “I had 52 staples perfectly aligned and now a bunch of crazy stitches are holding my neck and lumbar region together!”
Previously, she shared a selfie from her hospital bed after being labeled a "fall risk." "If I could fall, I would crawl to the mall!" she joked.
What is Burkitt lymphoma?
In case you’re not familiar with it, Burkitt lymphoma is an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects white blood cells, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
With Burkitt lymphoma, the cancer usually starts in a person’s abdomen, where it forms a large tumor. It can spread rapidly to the brain and spinal fluid. It is very rare, according to the ACS—making up just 1 to 2 percent of all lymphomas.
“Burkitt lymphoma is very aggressive,” says Jack Jacoub, M.D., a medical oncologist and medical director of MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif. “It can be lethal in a matter of weeks with no therapy.” Luckily, the ACS says that more than half of patients can be cured by “intensive chemotherapy.”
There's no word on how much longer Abby's treatment is expected to take, but for her specific type of cancer, treatment generally involves undergoing chemotherapy cycles for four to five months, Jacoub says. That can include chemotherapy injections into the spine as well as intravenous chemo.
Abby Lee Miller's cancer side effects
Abby has been in the hospital since mid-April, perPage Six,but has been diligent about updating her fans on her journey.
Around the same time as her second surgery, Abby also started her third round of chemotherapy—and took a moment to say goodbye to her hair in an Instagram post, writing "HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW..." along with the hashtag #chemo.
Despite her struggles, Abby always puts a positive spin on her diagnosis and treatment—like when she was finally cleared to be able to get some sun.
“Going outside to feel the sun on my face was wonderful!!!” she wrote on Instagram in early June. “Kids, never take anything in this world for granted! It can all change so suddenly! The Brilliant Dr. B cleared me for sunning this afternoon! Woo Hoo! Thank you sir!”
Jacoub says people who undergo chemo can burn a lot easier and quicker than others. He adds that doctors usually advise patients not receive direct, prolonged sun exposure for several weeks after their last chemotherapy session. However, it’s probably okay to briefly grab a few rays here and there.
Video: Visiting Abby in the Hospital.
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