Lynda Petty diagnosed with lymphoma

Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, has been diagnosed with CNS (central nervous system) lymphoma.

In a statement released Thursday, the Petty family said Lynda will receive treatment at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

"We are thankful for the medical team at Duke. My wife Lynda is in good hands," Richard Petty said in the release. "The doctors and our family are very optimistic that the treatment for this cancer will be successful."

The standard treatment for CNS lymphoma is chemotherapy, radiation or both.

The Pettys released a statement Jan. 22 that said Lynda Petty would undergo a medical procedure to determine the cause of an ongoing condition. As a result of last month's procedure, Richard Petty was absent from a Richard Petty Motorsports event during the Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C. "I hate to miss any racing or racing-related event but at this time being with my wife Lynda is where I need to be," Richard Petty said in the statement.

Tests that examine the eyes, brain and spinal cord are used to detect CNS lymphoma.

The family thanks friends and fans for their support and requests to have their privacy respected during this time.

Lynda and Richard Petty celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009.
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