Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Abby Lee Miller Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Abby Lee Miller Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with cancer one day after undergoing emergency surgery on her back.

Originally believed to be an infection, doctors confirmed that Miller had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system.

Melamed, an orthopedic spine specialist based out of Marina Del Rey, California, said an oncologist will be brought on to 'figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery.

Abby Lee, 51, underwent surgery to remove a mass near to her infectious spine. Without it, Miller was at risk of being paralyzed.

'If we didn't do something, ' the doctor said, 'she was going to die'. The surgeon claims he has "no idea" what caused Abby Lee's health to deteriorate so rapidly over the course of a couple days.

Melamed specified that Miller's condition is a "preliminary diagnosis pending pathology and oncology results".

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Post her surgery which began at 1am PT on April 17, Abby Lee is now recovering in the ICU but as of late, it is still unclear whether or not she will be able to walk again. "She was not doing well", he adds.

Abby was released from the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California on March 27 after eight months in prison. That's a reality that's facing all of these patients going into it.

Abby's surgery comes just weeks after she was hospitalised for a thyroid condition. Also, they have to start pushing her body, brain, and spinal cord for recovery.

Miller continued to post on social media during her prison sentence and after moving to the halfway house. "I don't know if it's officially announced that she has it, or she's keeping that private, but what she has is a very bad thing and you don't want anyone going through that".

According to Dr. Melamed, when Abby's blood pressure started to drop, they wanted to transfer her to another hospital, but ultimately decided against it because he thought she could die before getting there.

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