Sunday, 5 February 2012

World Cup Hero Yuvraj battling cancer

Explosive Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh – one of the architects of the country’s World Cup triumph in 2010 – has been diagnosed with cancer.
Indian media reported the all-rounder is currently undergoing chemotherapy in the United States.  The tumour was detected in October but was initially said to be non-malignant.
Singh’s physiotherapist Jatin Chaudhary told reporters the cancer was found to be in a ‘dangerous’ place above his lungs but was curable.  “It is a rare tumour and is cancerous but it has been detected in stage one itself," Chaudhary told the Press Trust of India.  "Doctors had to decide whether to continue medication or go for chemotherapy but since parts of the tumour are just above the artery of his heart, there was a danger that while running it could burst. But it is 100% curable.
"The doctors decided that he would have to undergo chemotherapy and he travelled to the US on January 26. At the end of March, he would undergo a CT scan and should recover by then. After that it is just some rehabilitation in April before he is fit to be back on the field in May," he added.
Chaudhary said since the 30-year-old has been taking ayurvedic treatment, he will not need extensive chemotherapy sessions.
"After ayurvedic treatment only three cycles of chemotherapy are required. Initially when the cancer was diagnosed after a biopsy in October end, doctors feared that the treatment would be six cycles of chemotherapy," Chaudhary said.
"Thankfully no surgery is required.  He is already a lot better than what he was and can't wait to be back on the cricket field."
Chaudhary also said the delay in treatment was due to a wrong diagnosis by a hospital last year.
"His first biopsy report was stolen from his car and the second from a hospital I don't want to name did not give the correct diagnosis. It was a Russian doctor who detected the cancer and after consultations with doctors in US, it was decided that Yuvraj would undergo chemotherapy," he said.
Yuvraj battled a golf-ball sized non-malignant lung tumour which first affected him during India's triumphant World Cup campaign last year.  Yuvraj, 29, who was declared the man of the tournament after the World Cup win at home in April, had opted out of the next one-day series against the West Indies for health reasons.
"During the World Cup, Yuvraj found himself constantly troubled by bouts of coughing and vomiting," his mother Shabnam Singh had said in a statement at the time.  She said Yuvraj initially ignored the problem, assuming it was due to stress and did not want anything to distract him.
"When the problem persisted after the World Cup, we decided to seek medical advice... scans then showed us that Yuvraj was dealing with something really serious. A golf-ball size lump (was) found over his left lung," she said.
Yuvraj wrote on his Twitter page at the time that he was "overwhelmed" by the support he had received. "I am absolutely fine, just need to get match fitness and training. Will be back soon," he said.
-    UKAsian Staff

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