Lakers Great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has Leukemia

Broderick Turner of the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports this morning that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a “rare form of leukemia, but the Lakers legend says his long-term prognosis is very good.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Abdul-Jabbar, 62, revealed during an interview Monday that he has Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that produces cancerous blood cells.
The disease was diagnosed in December. But Abdul-Jabbar said his condition can be managed by taking oral medication daily, seeing his specialist every other month and getting his blood analyzed regularly. He said he expects to lead a healthy life.

Abdul-Jabbar said decided to see a doctor last year after he began suffering frequent hot flashes and sweating constantly: “By having the hot flashes, I knew something was up. But I didn’t think that it was going to be something as serious as leukemia.Read more…