Space Tourism Backer Paul Allen Diagnosed With Lymphoma


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen diagnosed with cancer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, more than 25 years after he was treated for Hodgkin’s disease, a spokesman at his company Vulcan Inc. told CNN on Monday.

Allen, 56, “received the diagnosis early this month and has begun chemotherapy,” Vulcan CEO Jody Allen said in a memo to Vulcan employees. The memo was posted Monday evening on CNET’s news site.

“Doctors say he has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma,” Jody Allen, who is Paul Allen’s sister, said in the memo. “This is tough news for Paul and the family. But for those who know Paul’s story, you know he beat Hodgkin’s a little more than 25 years ago, and he is optimistic he can beat this, too.”

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Editorial Note: Allen was a backer of Burt Rutan’s successful effort to win the Ansari X Prize with the SpaceShipOne vehicle. His efforts helped to jump start the space tourism industry. We wish him a speedy recovery.