Canadian World Cup downhill racer Magnus Manson has announced he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells that mainly affects people in their 20s or the elderly and men are slightly more affected than women. The cancer causes B-lymphocytes to start to multiply in an abnormal way and begin to collect in certain parts of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes, which makes the patient more vulnerable to infection.
Magnus said he knew something had been off for a while and he began consulting doctors around a month ago. However, in the past two weeks he has been exhausted and doctors were able to give him a concrete diagnosis after a series of tests and specialist appointments. Magnus will begin treatment as soon as possible and his specialists are confident he will be able to make a full recovery and be back riding when his body allows.
Magnus would like to pass on an extended thank you to his sponsors, family, friends and the mountain bike community that has been overwhelmingly supportive after he posted the news. We wish Magnus all the best in his battle with the disease and hope to see him fully recovered and back on his bike soon. We will keep you updated of Magnus' progress as he goes through his treatment.