Monday, 6 February 2012
Yuvraj singh cancer in first stage, curable
In what will come as a shock to cricket fans across the country and beyond, one of the finest one-day batsmen in modern cricket, Yuvraj Singh, has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy in the US.
The left-hander, who was the Player of the Tournament during India’s triumph in last year’s World Cup, has been in US since January for what was earlier believed to be a non-malignant tumour between his lungs and heart, as his family members had claimed, has now been declared cancerous.
Yuvraj’s physiotherapist Dr Jatin Chaudhary though confirmed on Sunday that due to early detection, the ailment is curable and the batsman can return to cricket as early as May.
“It is a rare tumour and is cancerous but it has been detected in stage one itself. 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 per cent curable,” Chaudhary said.
Currently undergoing chemotherapy at Cancer Research Institute in Boston, Yuvraj was also the man most responsible for finishing the Australian World Cup reign — which started back in 1999 and continued till the quarterfinal between India and Australia at Ahmedabad last year — after scoring an unbeaten half-century.
Chaudhary said medical procedure would take some time and the batsman should recover by end of March. “Doctors decided that he would have to undergo chemotherapy and he travelled to the US on January 26. End of March, he would undergo a CT scan and should recover by then. After that, it is just some rehabilitation before he is fit to be back on field in May,” he added.
Chaudhary also said Yuvraj does not require any surgery and is already feeling better. “He can’t wait to be back on the cricket field, he said.
This, he added, was welcome news as against one which said six cycles of chemotherapy would be required. “After ayurvedic treatment, only three cycles of chemotherapy are required,” Chaudhary said.
Chaudhary pointed out that there was a delay in detection due incorrect diagnosis.
“His first biopsy report was stolen from his car and the second, from a hospital I don’t want to name, did not give correct diagnosis. It was a Russian doctor who detected cancer and after consultations with doctors in US, it was decided that Yuvraj would undergo chemotherapy,” he said. Read More
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