Jeff Bridges diagnosed with lymphoma and starts treatment for ‘serious disease’

Jeff Bridges has taken to social media to announce that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and had already started treatment.

The Big Lebowski actor told his social media followers that he will keep them updated on his condition as he continues to fight the "serious disease".

Despite battling the condition, the 70-year-old Hollywood legend said he is "good" and "profoundly grateful" for the support he has received from friends and family.

Making a reference to his character from The Big Lebowski, Bridges announced his news via Twitter as he remained optimistic.

His tweets read: "As the Dude would say.. New S*** has come to light. I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

"Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good."

He went on to say: "I'm starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.

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"I'm profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends."

Signing off, he continued: "Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together., Love, Jeff," as he encouraged US citizens to vote in the upcoming presidential elections.

Since breaking the news, Jeff was inundated with well-wishes from some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Kathy Griffin tweeted: "Jeff, sending you the wish, the hope, that you get everything you need and anything you want."

While CSI: Cyber star Patricia Arquette said: "Sending you and your family love and healing."

Actor George Takei went on to say: "You're a fighter. You can beat this."

Lymphoma is a type of cancer in the lymphatic system and is believed to have a five-year survival rate of around 92 per cent if diagnosed in the early stages.

Jeff did not share what type of lymphoma he has but it is usually either Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodkins.

Treatment varies from chemotherapy, radiation therapy or stem-cell transplants in some cases.

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