New Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday that he was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and will begin treatment "in the very near future."
The cancer was discovered during the 67-year-old's annual physical, Gettleman said in a statement. Doctors are still working to determine the exact course of his treatment, but Gettleman said he plans to continue to work during the process.
"The doctor's outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive," he said. "And so am I."
"I will continue to work as much as the treatment process will allow," Gettleman added. "And as they know, when I am not in the office, I will be in constant communication with (head coach) Pat (Shurmur), (assistant GM) Kevin (Abrams) and the rest of our staff."
Gettleman was hired to revive the Giants back in December, when he returned to the organization he worked for from 1998 through 2012. He immediately went to work on rebuilding the Giants from the ashes of a 3-13 season, and trying to change the culture back to what it was before he left.
And in the first six months, all the reviews were positive as he hired Shurmur, signed key free agents like left tackle Nate Solder, drafted running back Saquon Barkley, and reaffirmed the organization's faith in quarterback Eli Manning. Some key decisions remain on his plate, though, most notably the future of - and possible contract extension for - receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Gettleman worked long hours with few breaks from the moment he was hired, according to team sources, straight through free agency and the draft. Shortly after the draft, he began to feel fatigued and he was unable to shake it. That's when he underwent the physical where the cancer was discovered.
Gettleman said in his statement that he's "undergone more testing to determine the course of treatment." The Giants did not provide any other specifics, and it wasn't immediately known if Gettleman has Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Generally, treatment for lymphoma can include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, and post-treatment survival rates are considered good.
Since Gettleman's return, some key front office personnel such as Abrams and senior VP of player personnel Chris Mara have been even more involved in day-to-day operations of the team than they were before, according to sources. So, team operations aren't expected to skip a beat if Gettleman is absent for any length of time.
"I am thankful to John Mara and Steve Tisch and our organization for their support and encouragement," Gettleman said. "And to Ronnie Barnes for his guidance and assistance. 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."