New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
Gettleman, 67, is entering his first year as general manager of the Giants after holding the same position from 2013-16 with the Carolina Panthers.
“Recently, I underwent an annual physical, during which it was discovered I have lymphoma,” Gettleman said in a statement. “Over the past week, I have undergone more testing to determine the course of treatment, which is scheduled to start in the very near future. The doctor’s outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive, and so am I.
“I will continue to work as much as the treatment process will allow, and as they know, when I am not in the office, I will be in constant communication with Pat (Shurmur, coach), Kevin (Abrams, assistant general manager) and the rest of our staff.”
Should Gettleman need to focus squarely on his recovery, Abrams has 16 years of experience as the Giants assistant general manager. He was the interim GM after Jerry Reese was dismissed during the 2017 season.
“I am thankful to John Mara and Steve Tisch and our organization for their support and encouragement, and to Ronnie Barnes for his guidance and assistance,” Gettleman said in his statement. “And, of course, to my wife Joanne and our children for their love and support.
“And I want to thank you in advance for respecting my privacy and that of my family as we work our way through this. I look forward to being back at full strength and devoting all my energy to helping make this 2018 New York Giants team the best it can be.”
Gettleman headed the pro personnel department with the Giants from 1998-2012 before taking the Panthers’ GM job.