Redleg Nation extends our prayers and best wishes to Cincinnati legend Joe Nuxhall:

Joe Nuxhall hopes a little good can come out of the bad patch he’s about to go through.

Nuxhall, the Reds legend and broadcaster, will start chemotherapy on Monday for a third recurrence of lymphoma.

“I hope I can lick this,” he said. “With all the publicity it’s getting, maybe others who have it will be encouraged. Maybe people will feel they can beat it, too.”

Nuxhall worked Thursday’s Reds-Houston Astros game as scheduled. He worked all 10 games of the Reds’ previous homestand and also led the World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest last weekend.

He plans to honor a commitment for a book signing of his biography “Joe: Rounding Third & Heading for Home” Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Reds Hall of Fame.

“I don’t want to sit around and feel sorry for myself,” he said.

Nuxhall said the lymphoma is in his side. The first growth was on his throat, and he then had one on his tonsils and on a leg. Nuxhall, 79, also has had prostate cancer and heart problems.

He remains upbeat. He was chatting about the National League playoff races in the Reds dugout Thursday before the game.

“The thing about it is I have no pain,” he said. “But it’s there. It’s time to get after it.”

I saw Nuxie this summer and had a brief chat with him. He didn’t look very well, but he was smiling and was extremely upbeat. Here’s hoping he gets everything cleared up so he can lead some more chicken dances.