Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen successfully fought Hodgkin’s disease a quarter century ago. Now he’s revealed that he is in a new cancer fight, having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Allen, who heads cable MSO Charter Communications and recently sold his last radio stations, made the illness public in an email to employees and the media from his sister, Jody Allen, who is CEO of Vulcan Inc., his private investment company.
“Paul is feeling OK and remains upbeat,” she said. Allen received the cancer diagnosis early this month and has begun chemotherapy. He plans to continue in his role at Vulcan, but will put his health first.
The email described the diagnosis as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma. Internet medical sites describe it as a fast-growing, but treatable cancer.