American Idol Contestant Diagnosed With Cancer

American Idol's Luke Menard has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Luke, who you may remember Luke as the good-looking guy who sang in an a Capella group before landing in Idol's top 24 of this past season, thought he had walking pneumonia when he sought medical attention for a persistent cough. According to, doctors ran several tests, where they found a mass behind his heart and removed a node from under his left collarbone. A biopsy showed the mass to be malignant.

“He is surrounded by his family,” a relative said of the support Luke is getting. “They want to help him beat this and move on.”

Luke also got lots of love from his former castmates, as Idol winner David Cook and Carly Smithson had visited Luke in the hospital in LA, and others sent encouraging notes. "That really meant a lot to him,” the family member said.

Doctors say Luke's odds are good: with treatment, the survival rate for Stage Two Hodgkin's Lymphoma is about 95 percent, but I'm pretty sure Luke could use all of our thoughts and prayers, too. Let's send him some positive energy...

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