Published Apr 22, 2021
By Abigail Seaberg
Radio host Dan Bongino shared the news that he was cancer free in February, but he’s recently shed more light on how he found his cancer – and the information might surprise you.
Bongino, 46, recently told the Washington Post that it was an oncology nurse who watches The Dan Bongino Show who spotted the lump on his neck last year. She contacted him, and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma after further medical inquiry.
Bongino shared the exciting news that his cancer treatment was over when he posted a video to Instagram of him ringing a bell in February. Following his announcement that “it’s all over. I hope,” Bongino has been increasingly busy. The former Secret Service agent and New York police officer has found success in sharing his conservative point of view. Scrolling through his Instagram account, you will see quotes full of fiery language from his podcast episodes like “please don’t move to Florida if you are a liberal from a blue state. We don’t want you here,” and “lying media frauds promote fake news everyday.”
With 791,000 subscribers on Youtube and 1.5 million followers on Instagram, Bongino is used to projecting to a large audience. In fact, his visibility will grow as he’s set to fill the shoes of the late Rush Limbaugh who died of lung cancer in February at age 70. He’ll be taking over Limbaugh’s radio time slot, broadcasting for Westwood One from noon ET to 3 p.m. ET each weekday. The show will be called “The Dan Bongino Show,” same as his existing podcast, and it launches May 24.
But his recent moves to expand his presence might be the beginning of a larger movement for Bongino. Ideally, he would like to “reinvent American media,” according to the Post. “He insists that tech companies repress conservative voices.” A former congressional candidate, Bongino also told the Post he would consider running for office a fourth time. He has yet to win an election, but Bongino campaigned as a Republican candidate in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2012, he lost the U.S. Senate seat race in Maryland to Ben Cardin. In 2014, John Delaney beat him for Maryland’s 6th congressional district House of Representatives seat. And most recently, Bongino was defeated by Francis Rooney for Florida’s 19th congressional district seat.
Lymphoma begins in white blood cells called lymphocytes. This kind of cancer is typically classified as either Hodgkin lymphoma or Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The type of white blood cells linked to the disease determines the distinction. If doctors are unable to detect the Reed-Sternberg cell – a giant cell derived from B lymphocytes – then it is categorized as Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In a previous interview, Dr. Elise Chong, a medical oncologist at Penn Medicine, explained that Hodgkin lymphoma is the less common type of lymphoma most often seen in younger adults as well as in older adults. And although less common, it is generally easier to cure than Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Dr. Chong also said lymphoma symptoms can be difficult to detect. “The symptoms of lymphoma, especially if you have a low-grade lymphoma, often are no symptoms. People say, but I feel completely fine, and that’s very normal,” she explains.
Dr. Elise Chong explains why your type of lymphoma matters
Thankfully for Bongino, a nurse with a trained eye pointed out the lump on his neck. Although some people with Hodgkin lymphoma might not have symptoms, it is always important to pay attention to possible warning signs from your body. A Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis can emerge from one or more of the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic: