Spartacus star has cancer, but outlook is good

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Sad news for fans of Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Star Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin treatment immediately in New Zealand.

The good news is that the diagnosis came early, Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello reported:

As a result, production on the second season of Spartacus—which was scheduled to get underway later this month—has been delayed.

Whitfield's cancer was detected early and his prognosis is good. "I'm receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me," said Whitfield in a statement.

Spartacus' first season ends April 16. Our best thoughts are with Andy; come back so we can see you kicking ass again soon!

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