Known as “Slydah,” Chicago White Sox relief pitcher (RP) Liam Hendriks has done amazing things on the field. In September/October 2021, Hendriks was named the American League Reliever of the Month. He has a career 3.81 ERA and 1.197 WHIP. On a more personal level, both Liam and his family have supported causes from LGBTQ+ issues to reduction of gun violence. There is no doubt that Hendriks is always up for a challenge. As reported by Sox on 35th, Hendriks is now facing another battle off of the field, as he was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
In an Instagram post, Hendriks shared that the NHL diagnosis was shocking and somewhat overwhelming. However, he says, he knows that he will fight and face this challenge with the same attitude, perseverance, and persistence that he has embodied throughout his life. He chose to share his diagnosis as he believes in the power of his national platform in shining a light on important issues.
Hendriks plans on pursuing treatment as soon as possible – and may have even started treatment. While it is unknown when he will be back on the field, he has the full support of the baseball (and medical!) community behind him.
What is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)?
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that forms in the lymphatic system, a part of the immune system which helps protect the body from infection and disease. In NHL, lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) develop into tumors. There are multiple subtypes of NHL such as mantle cell lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and follicular lymphoma, among others. Risk factors for NHL include having a weakened immune system, older age, and being male.
Symptoms related to this cancer can, but do not always, include:
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin, or armpits
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Drenching night sweats
- Chest pain
- Unintended weight loss
- Skin rash or itchy skin
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be treated with biologics, bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, or radiation.