'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer, reports say

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 19, 2018
05:48 A.M.
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Dance instructor, Abby Lee Miller from the reality show Dance Moms, was diagnosed with cancer after she was rushed to the hospital for experiencing neck pain.


On April 17, 2018, Miller was taken from the halfway house, where she is serving the rest of her prison sentence, to the Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital in California for what was assumed to be a spinal infection. 

As reported by People, Miller had to undergo emergency surgery at 1 am, and Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon, was overseeing her treatment. 

Miller was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma the following day. It as a progressive type of cancer that forms in the lymphatic system.


According to Dr. Melamed, additional tests will be carried out to determine what course of treatment Miller will need. At this stage, it is likely that she will need chemotherapy or radiation. 

Miller also reported numbness in her left arm, but sensation returned to the tissue while she was recovering in the Intensive Care Unit. 

The recovery process is slow, but Melamed points out that 'some recovery [...] is better than no recovery.' He is hopeful that the spinal cord will 'recover itself.'  

Her surgeon said he is 'optimistic,' but also pointed out that Miller could be paralyzed for the rest of her life. 'We’re still not out of the woods,' he added. 


'There’s a chance this can spread to any part of the body. This is probably coming from somewhere else. We don’t know where the source is.' 

 Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, People, April 18, 2018. 

According to TMZ, Miller was also rushed to hospital on April 9, 2018, for an 'unspecified medical complaint,' only two weeks after she was transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville to the halfway house in California. 

When TMZ reported about her hospitalization, the details were still unknown, but People later confirmed that Miller was hospitalized for a thyroid condition.

Miller was sentenced to 366 days in prison for bankruptcy fraud and concealment of bankruptcy assets after she hid more than $755,000.