Martina Navratilova, a tennis legend, has been diagnosed with breast and throat cancer.
In 2010, the ex-world number 1 had her early-stage breast cancer treatment.
According to the 66-year old, “This double whammy can be fixed but it is still serious. I hope for a favorable outcome.”
“It’s going be a long time, but I will fight with everything I have.”
Navratilova, who won 59 grand slam singles or doubles titles, will not be traveling to the Australian Open this month. She was scheduled to work as a TV pundit.
Her representative stated that the prognosis was “good”.
The statement stated that Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with stage 1 throat cancer. Martina will begin her treatment in the next month, as the prognosis for her is positive.
The cancer is HPV, and it responds well to treatment.
Martina noticed an increased lymph node in her neck while playing in the WTA Finals in Fort Worth. It didn’t go away so a biopsy was done and the results were stage one throat cancer.
Navratilova was undergoing throat tests when doctors discovered a “suspicious” form in her breast.
According to the statement, the breast lump was also considered cancerous and was not related to the throat cancer.
Both of these cancers are still in their early stages and have great potential outcomes. Martina will not be covering the Australian Open Tennis Channel from their studio, but she hopes to be able join in occasionally by Zoom.”
After a routine mammogram showed that she had ductal carcinoma, Navratilova declared that she was now being treated for breast cancer.
Before receiving radiation therapy, she had the tumor surgically removed.