Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

In 1983 at the age of 30, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease — the same cancer of the lymph system that Ethan Zohn is currently struggling with.  Mr. Allen, who is now 56 years old, was successfully treated and remained disease-free for more than 25 years. Barbara Padilla, of America’s Got Talent fame, is also a survivor of Hodgkin’s Disease.

It doesn’t seem fair to have two different cancers in a lifetime, but Mr. Allen was recently diagnosed with another cancer of the lymphatic system called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a disease that recently led to the death of The Ventures’ guitarist Bob Bogle. Mr. Allen, who is well-known for co-founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, has also backed many other science and technology projects including the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003.

In the picture above, Mr. Allen is shown ready to smash a guitar on stage, in imitation of guitar hero Jimmy Hendrix, at the opening of his Experience Music Project in Seattle in 2000.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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