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Abby Lee Miller Has Cancer ... More Back Surgery Needed

Dance Mom Star Abby Lee Miller Has Emergency Spinal Surgery Due To Infection In Spine

"We were trying to transfer her, but I knew she may not make it by the time we get to another hospital", he shared.

Originally believed to be an infection, doctors confirmed that Miller had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system.

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed told the publication: "If we didn't do something, she was going to die".

"Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor-it just depends on the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation", he continued. "Most dramatic is severe muscle and bone pain in her back, shoulders, arms and legs", Dr. Russo revealed.

Miller is now spending her days at a halfway house after leaving the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution.

She was also fined $40,000 and ordered to pay $120,000 judgment, as well as provide a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.

The star was hospitalized recently for a thyroid condition two weeks after she entered a halfway house.

Abby Lee, 51, underwent surgery to remove a mass near to her infectious spine. The doctor said that she was paralyzed and could not move yesterday. "She was completely paralysed from the neck down".

On the other hand, Miller's representative told the publication that the findings were just a preliminary diagnosis, and they are still waiting for the results that will come from the series of pathology and oncology tests. He was able to release some of the pressure on her spine, and Miller will have an 18-inch scar.

Miller was "encouraged" as she recovery in an ICU, according to her doctor.

Miller reportedly fell ill while staying at a halfway house after her release from prison for bankruptcy fraud.

Dr. Melamed said they hope to "start mobilizing her, start thinking about the rehab, start pushing the body, pushing the brain and spinal cord for making recovery".

But while he's optimistic Miller will recover, Melamed said Miller will need another spinal surgery.