A day after Abby Lee Miller underwent emergency surgery, the former “Dance Moms” star has reportedly been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Miller went into the hospital Tuesday with “excrutiating neck pain” and underwent surgery just past midnight. But rather than an infection, the surgeon found cancer.
“We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery,” Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital who has been treating the star, told People.
“Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma starts in the white blood cells in the immune system, typically found in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, adenoids and tonsils or digestive tract, according to the American Cancer Society.
One of the more common cancers in the United States, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects about 4% of people diagnosed with cancer.
Miller, 51, was hospitalized last week with a thyroid issue, just two weeks after she was released from prison and entered a halfway house in California.
The reality star sentenced in May to one year and one day in prison, as well as a $120,000 judgement and a $40,000 fine, for bankruptcy fraud.
She was released four months early at the end of March.
A rep for Miller did not immediately return a request for comment.