Four months after shock diagnosis
Tennis icon Navratilova overcomes cancer
03/21/2023 09:36 am
Martina Navratilova collects a total of 59 Grand Slam titles. She is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. But with the end of your career come the setbacks. Already in 2010 she overcomes cancer, at the end of 2022 he returns. Now her doctors have good news for her.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has overcome cancer once again. “As far as you know, I’m cancer-free,” said the 66-year-old in an interview with British presenter Piers Morgan about the doctors’ assessment. The 66-year-old called the treatment “definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever done”. Although she will have to undergo radiation treatment on her right breast for a few more weeks, this is more of a preventative nature.
The long-time number one and 18-time Grand Slam winner in singles published the renewed illness in early January. According to this, early-stage larynx and breast cancer were diagnosed in November. At that time she had explained that the double disease was “serious but still curable”.
Navratilova has beaten cancer before
Navratilova’s fighting spirit is well known: she has won a total of 59 Grand Slam titles – in singles, doubles and mixed. And she has defeated the serious illness before, in 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. At the time, she said she cried “for about 15 seconds” and then asked her doctor, “Okay, what should we do? What’s the next step?” Half a year later she was considered cured.
This time, Navratilova noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck during last November’s WTA Finals in Fort Worth, according to her agent Mary Greenham in early January. A subsequent biopsy revealed stage 1 throat cancer. A suspicious lump in her breast was also discovered during testing. This tumor was also in the early stages. Navratilova began her treatment in New York. She was therefore unable to travel to the Australian Open. There she was originally supposed to appear as an expert for the Tennis Channel.