Houston Texans Rookie John Metchie III Diagnosed With Leukemia

Houston Texans Rookie John Metchie III Diagnosed With Leukemia


Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchie III announced on Sunday that medical professionals diagnosed him with leukemia and would likely keep him off the field next season.

“Recently, I was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), the most curable form of Leukemia,” Metchie said on Twitter. “I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits, and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time.”

Medical experts say APL develops mainly in middle-aged individuals around 40 years old from an increase in immature white blood cells known as promyelocytes. Malignant cells overcrowd the bone marrow and eventually fail to produce normal blood cells for functionality.

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society reports APL is the most curable form of the type of cancer,

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