Common treatment options are chemotherapy, radiation and transplant using the body's own stem cells or from a donor.Allen said his transplant would come from a donor, which Dr. Click through the gallery above for photos from Allen's career in Houston TV news.

The veteran Houston sports anchor stepped down in January after 38 1/2 years at KTRK Channel 13. "I'm ready for the fight, and I welcome any prayers that they have and hope to see them back on TV as soon as I can." Allen joined Channel 11 in April 2013 after 38 ½ years at KTRK (Channel 13), where he was one of the longest-tenured sports directors in the industry's history.

( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) less Sports anchor Bob Allen, left, talks with news anchor Len Cannon, right, as Allen prepares for his first appearance on the 6 pm broadcast for KHOU-TV Channel 11, 1945 Allen Parkway, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in ... Keep you posted." Allen said Sunday night that doctors had been monitoring his health for several months for a precursor to the disease, a type of immune system cancer, and a firm diagnosis came earlier this month. Born Robert Alan Egalnick (his father, Lee Egalnick, founded the Karl Young League for youth baseball), Allen worked in radio after graduating from Westbury High School and Stephen F.

more On the eve of his KTRK farewell, Bob Allen, left, prepares for one of Wednesday’s broadcasts with longtime Channel 13 news anchor and colleague Dave Ward, whom Allen calls “a good friend, one of the nicest people.” less On the eve of his KTRK farewell, Bob Allen, left, prepares for one of Wednesday’s broadcasts with longtime Channel 13 news anchor and colleague Dave Ward, whom Allen calls “a good friend, one of the nicest ... Allen, 68, sounded an upbeat note as treatment began, citing his longtime work with the Sunshine Kids charity in updating viewers on his condition. Doctors have recommended three to six rounds of chemotherapy to reduce the extent of the disease, which has spread to his lymph nodes, followed by radiation and, "down the road a little bit," he said, a potential stem cell transplant to replace his immune system. Austin State University before joining Channel 13 in July 1974. He said Channel 11 officials have been supportive during his diagnosis and the decision to leave the air while he undergoes treatment. T-cell lymphoma is a variety of blood cancer that derives from the abnormal growth of T cells, a type of white blood cell that plays a role in the body's immune system.

more Longtime Houston sportscaster Bob Allen underwent his first round of chemotherapy Monday for a form of T-cell lymphoma and said he will take a leave of absence from KHOU (Channel 11) while he undergoes treatment at M. In a message posted to his @Bob Allen KHOU account on Twitter several hours after word of his condition was announced Monday afternoon by Channel 11, the sportscaster wrote, "Overwhelmed by your well wishes. As he prepared to begin treatment, Allen said he was prepared for the fight and confident of his ability to battle the disease and, at some point, to return to the air. "Like any tumor, something goes wrong in a single cell and it begins to grow abnormally," said Dr.

In the meantime, Allen said, he welcomes the prayers and best wishes of viewers who have followed his 40-year career on Houston television.

In the meantime, he said, he welcomes the prayers and best wishes of viewers who have followed his 40-year career on Houston television.

Allen said he would post updates of his condition on his Twitter feed, @boballenmedia, and on Facebook.

It's just a long ride." Allen did not specify the variety of T-cell lymphoma for which he is being treated, but he said doctors described it as an aggressive strain of the disease that affects about six people out of a million.

Martha Mims, chief of the hematology and oncology section at Baylor College of Medicine.

"In this case, it would be a tumor of the T lymphocytes." Dr.

Mims said lymphomas are curable at all stages of the disease.