A reality television star who has made headlines with legal issues is now making them with her health struggle. People reports that “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller, who underwent surgery this week for what was first thought to be a spinal infection, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
People quotes Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital who has been treating Miller, saying: “It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — it’s a type of a cancer. We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor — it just depends, the type — but I feel more than [likely] she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”
Melamed added that it is a “preliminary diagnosis pending pathology and oncology results.”
People notes: “Miller went into the emergency room after she experienced ‘excruciating neck pain’ and weakness in her arm and after her condition deteriorated over the next couple days, Dr. Melamed performed emergency surgery for a multi-level laminectomy at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.”
Miller was recently released from prison, where she served time for bankruptcy fraud.