While lupus is not a form of cancer, or vice versa, some treatments like chemo are used to fight both."In general, lupus patients don't get [as high doses], but it's certainly not fun to get these chemotherapies," Merrill said of treatments for lupus compared to the same chemo drugs being used to fight cancer.Selena Gomez secretly checked into a top rehab on the East Coast in early September in a last-ditch attempt to help her get a handle on an emotional and health crisis, Radar has exclusively learned.Gomez cancelled her Revival tour in late August, much to the shock of her fans.More than 90 percent of the 1.5 million Americans living with lupus are women between the ages of 15 and 45, according to the organization Lupus LA. Gomez, who has not shared the specifics of her condition, is far from the only celebrity dealing with lupus.Nick Cannon and singer Toni Braxton are living with lupus, and Lady Gaga described herself as "borderline lupus." Merrill has never diagnosed or treated Gomez, but she did explain that at 23, the singer fits the general criteria for those with lupus.
Radar has chosen not to reveal the name or location of the facility.In late August, she declared: “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.” We pay for juicy info! Email us at [email protected], or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.But what exactly is lupus, and why would someone as young as Gomez need such an extreme solution such as chemotherapy -- which is typically associated with cancer -- to treat her condition? The Lupus Foundation of America describes lupus as a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and organs.A Disney star in her teens and now a major tour de force in acting and singing, Selena Gomez has captivated us with her exquisitive voice and entrancing looks.Game Instructions: Last time Selena Gomez and Justin have been seen together, the media has made a complete show from it.