* Spokesman says Allen won't change role at Vulcan
* Allen survived previous cancer bout
(Adds Vulcan spokesman comment, details on Allen)
SAN FRANCISCO Nov 16 Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)
co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma and has begun treatment, a spokesman for his
investment company said on Monday.
Employees of Vulcan Inc, which Allen formed in 1986 to
manage his business dealings and philanthropic activity, were
informed of Allen's illness in a company e-mail on Monday.
"He's feeling pretty good, he's remaining very active at
Vulcan and his other holdings and interests and he has no plans
to cut back on any of that," said Vulcan spokesman David
Postman said Allen's diagnosis was recent and that
treatment has already begun.
Allen, the 32nd richest person in the world according to
Forbes magazine, co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates
and resigned as an executive in 1983. He was diagnosed with
Hodgkin's disease in 1983 but his cancer was successfully
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates
in the lymphatic system, which is the body's disease-fighting
network. It is a far more common disease than the related but
In 2009 there were nearly 66,000 new cases of non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma and 19,500 deaths, according to the National Cancer
Through Vulcan, Allen has been a high-profile investor in
his home town of Seattle.
He owns the Seattle Seahawks American football team and is
a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer team. He
created the Experience Music Project pop museum in the city and
is leading the development of a run-down area near Seattle's
Lake Union into a center for biotech research.
Allen is also chairman of cable company Charter
Communications Inc CHTRQ.PK.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway and Bill Rigby; Editing