View Full Version : Fred Thompson Announces He Has Lymphoma
04-11-2007, 11:42 AM
Just scrolled across the TV screen, no link yet.
04-11-2007, 12:10 PM
No, No, say it aint so, I pray thats not the case
04-11-2007, 12:14 PM
Source: Fred Thompson has lymphoma (http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/11/thompson.cancer/index.html)
POSTED: 10:57 a.m. EDT, April 11, 2007
(CNN) -- Fred Thompson, the former Republican senator from Tennessee who has said he might enter the 2008 presidential race, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of lymphoma, according to a source close to him.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system.
A recent poll says Fred Thompson, star of "Law & Order" and a former senator, is gaining ground as other Republican presidential hopefuls are slipping.
The source is familiar with Thompson's deliberations on whether to jump into the 2008 presidential race and told CNN's Candy Crowley that Thompson has been discussing his illness privately "for some time."
Asked what this might do to a possible presidential bid, the source said, "This disclosure should indicate to everyone interested in seeing Fred enter the race for the White House how serious he is taking the next steps toward launching a campaign."
Thompson has played the role as gruff district attorney Arthur Branch on NBC's three "Law & Order" series.
Thompson was the minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee before being elected to the Senate in 1994 to fill the unexpired term of Vice President Al Gore. After chairing the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, he stepped down in 2003 to resume his acting career.
In 2005, Thompson helped shepherd Chief Justice John Roberts through the Senate confirmation process, and most recently, he has raised money for the defense of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.
04-11-2007, 12:16 PM
I think he's pretty much of an empty suit, but I don't wish the guy illness.
04-11-2007, 01:09 PM
Yeah. Hope he comes out of it okay. As far as entertainment personalities running for office, I would prefer Bill Mahr run for president. He couldn't do worse than Bush and the press conferences would be a gas. ;D
04-11-2007, 04:43 PM
hope all goes well for the guy , kinda miss the part where Rush told him to go home and Die , like he did edwards ole lady ...........
04-11-2007, 05:45 PM
This article is a bit more optimistic. The rest of the article can be found on the link.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who is considering a bid for president, said Wednesday he was diagnosed with lymphoma more than two years ago but the cancer shouldn't affect his life expectancy.
In an interview with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto, the former Tennessee senator, 64, said doctors discovered that he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2004. He said the disease is in remission with no illness or symptoms.
"I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't satisfied in my own mind as to the nature of it and the fact that not only will I have an average lifespan but in the meantime I will not be affected in anyway by it," Thompson said. "Now of course nobody knows the future but that has been in the history for almost three years now in terms of no symptoms and no sickness."