TORONTO (AP) - Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake has a rare form of leukemia that he says is highly treatable.
The 34-year-old player said Monday he has begun treatment and will still be able to perform at a high level. He announced his condition after talking to teammates at practice. The prognosis is for him to live a long, full and normal life, he said in a statement.
Team doctor Noah Forman said the disease - chronic myelogenous leukemia - is a slow-growing cancer of the white blood cells. About 500 new cases are diagnosed each year in Canada.
Blake scored 40 goals last season for the New York Islanders and signed a $20 million, five-year deal with Toronto in the offseason.

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