Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Andy Whitfield Diagnosed with Cancer

Production on Season 2 of the hit Starz series has been delayed to accommodate the actor’s treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

LOS ANGELES, CA—Andy Whitfield, who plays the title role in Starz Original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” announced today he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand. Whitfield discovered the cancer during a routine checkup as he prepped for the sophomore season. Andy’s doctors have stated his condition is very treatable, and was detected in its early stages.

“I’m receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me,” says Whitfield.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy,” says Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz. “His health, of course, is our primary concern. He has our complete support during this difficult time.”

The second season was scheduled to begin shooting shortly in New Zealand, but has been postponed to accommodate Andy’s treatment.

I was very upset by these news. I hope everything works out all right 😐

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