Crawford Being Evaluated For Lymphoma
Junior rover being evaluated in Baltimore
November 5, 2002

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech rover Michael Crawford is being evaluated for lymphoma, as released Tuesday by the Virginia Tech Sports Medicine Staff. A needle biopsy has given the indication of lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the lymph nodes. The redshirt junior underwent more tests Monday and Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, Md.

Crawford had a swollen lymph node in his neck that looked suspicious and was sent to the hospital for further testing. The tests, done late last week, were suggestive of malignancy of the node. Crawford is expected to play in Tech's game at Syracuse on Saturday, but that will likely be his last game of the season. Doctors feel he has a good chance to return to the team next year for his senior season.

Crawford informed the team of his disease Friday before the team's walk-through and then went home following the game. He got another opinion and is undergoing further tests and staging to determine the method of treatment. He will have an open biopsy and further diagnostic testing over the next several days. Those tests will determine both the type and duration of treatment he will need.

Doctors emphasized that this is one of the most curable cancers. With Crawford's age (21) and good physical condition, his chances for a full recovery are increased. Mario Lemieux, of the National Hockey League, was diagnosed with a lymphoma and is back playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.