In the midst of the terribly distressing news cycle that's kicked off 2021, Jeff Bridges has a piece of good news to share with the world: The actor, who announced he was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2020, says his cancer is responding positively to treatment.
"I go in for a CAT scan to see if my new protocol is shrinking my tumor," Bridges writes in a diary-style entry dated January 6 (and published January 13) on his website. "Turns out it's working beautifully. The thing has drastically shrunk."
Bridges hasn't specified what type of lymphoma he has (such as Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas), but all forms of the cancer attack the body's lymph system, the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains. The lymph (or lymphatic) system is a part of the immune system that includes the lymph nodes, lymph channels, spleen, thymus gland, tonsils, and adenoids, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lymphoma can spread to other parts of the body, though.
The Big Lebowski star also hasn't said what his treatment protocol entails. (Several different kinds of therapies can shrink tumors.) While treatment protocol depends on factors like the type of lymphoma and stage of cancer, it might include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted drug therapy, or biological therapy, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The actor, who shared on Instagram that he shaved his head and got a puppy back in early December, also took the opportunity to reflect on current events-and what's been helping him get by. He returned home "elated" with his positive health news, but he then turned on the TV to see the violent riots that occurred at the Capitol on January 6. "To see our country attacking itself broke my heart," he wrote.
Bridges also shared some of the art, music, and literature that's he's been finding enjoyment and inspiration in recently, particularly that of his mentor, the late American artist Rozzel Sykes.