File photo of Yuvraj Singh EPA /UNI PHOTO
File photo of Yuvraj Singh EPA /UNI PHOTO

Yuvraj responding well to cancer treatment, says his father

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 6, 2012

Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj Singh, himself a former cricketer, today said his son was responding well to treatment for cancer in the United States and would return soon stronger than ever before.
"Yuvi is recovering well from treatment for cancer in USA. And the doctors there say he will come back stronger," Yograj told NDTV television channel.
He said Yuvraj was being treated by the same doctor who treated legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 testicular cancer in 1996 but recovered and went on to win the prestigous Tour de France an unprecedented seven times.
"He is responding well to treatment. In fact the doctor keeps asking him if he belongs to a very strong bloodline," Yograj said.
Yograj, also a one-time actor, said the treatment could take upto 4-6 months or even year.  "The doctors are of the opinion that this treatment may take 4-6 months or even a year. He might get well by March. The doctors are saying that Yuvraj will go back as a new champion," he said.
"The doctor has told Yuvraj 'I will send you from here as a new champion and you will be stronger than before, a thing like this cancer won't exist for you anymore that is my promise'," he said, adding chemotherapy was over and Yuvraj was now more on medicines.
Yograj also profusely thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for insisting that Yuvraj undergo more check-ups in the US. "They acted like a father to him and did something that I should have done in the first place," he said. "But for their insistence, it would have been a different story today," he said.
"My entire family and all our future generations will always be grateful to BCCI for this," he said.
The BCCI also wished Yuvraj a speedy recovery and and appealed to the media to respect his privacy and that of his family members.
"Yuvraj Singh is presently undergoing treatment for his medical condition. The BCCI wishes him a speedy recovery. 
"The BCCI is in touch with Yuvraj’s family members. They have been inundated with calls from the media over the past few days. His family values the affection and concern the media has for Yuvraj. The Board would like to appeal to the media to respect the privacy of Yuvraj and his family members, at this critical juncture," a statement issued by BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said.
Periodic media releases regarding his health status would be issued by the BCCI, he added.
Earlier today, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken has promised help from the Goverment for Yuvraj.
"Wish Yuvraj a speedy recovery! Asking officials to find the quantum and nature of help required. Government shld & will help him," Maken said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Media reports had said yesterday that Yuvraj, 30, was undergoing treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, quoting his physiotherapist Jatin Choudhary.
Yuvraj was the Player of the Tourament in the World Cup last year with 362 runs, 15 wickets and four Man-of-the-Match prizes, but has not played much after that.
The cricketer left for the US on January 26 and began the treatment this month. It is expected to go on till March. He had been earlier diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour near the lungs, but it is now stated to be malignant.
The left-handed all-rounder has an average of 34.80 from 37 tests, having scored 1775 runs. He has also made 8051 runs, at an average of 37.62, in 274 one-day international (ODI) matches.
The reports quoted Dr Choudhary as saying that the ailment was curable and that the cricketer would be able to resume playing in May. He said the tumour had been detected in Stage one itself. He expected Yuvraj to recover by end of March and undergo some rehabilitation before he is ready to play again in May.