India's Yuvraj Singh has cancer
Cape Town - Yuvraj Singh, who was Player of the Tournament in India's ODI World Cup triumph last year, has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy in the United States.
According to the Times of India's website, the 30-year-old left-hander has been in US since last month being treated for what was earlier claimed to be a tumour in the lungs by his family.
But it has now been diagnosed as malignant and Singh is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.
However, his physiotherapist Jatin Chaudhary assured that the ailment is curable and the all-rounder would be fit to resume cricket in 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% curable," said Chaudhary.
"The 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 in April before he is fit to be back on the field in May," he added.
Singh has also been taking ayurvedic medicines to battle the disease.
"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," said Chaudhary.
"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."