Tennis legend On Monday, Martina Navratilova revealed that she had been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer after discovering a lump in her neck two months ago.
Navratilova, 66, told The Times she discovered an enlarged lymph node in her neck in November, and during tests this was also discovered. Cancer returned on her chest. She was optimistic about her health in the future.
“This double whammy is dangerous but still fixable,” the tennis great told the outlet. “I hope for a favorable outcome. It will stink for a while but I will fight with all my might.”
A spokesperson for Navratilova told The Times that “both types of cancer are at an early stage and produce great results.” She is not expected to travel for the Australian Open, as her cancer treatment is reportedly set to begin later this month.
Both types of cancer are in the early stages.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer over a decade ago. She underwent surgery to remove cancerous cells along with radiotherapy and kept up with a tennis show schedule.
Navratilova is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time – up there on Mount Rushmore’s list with Serena Williams, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. She is ranked No. 1 in the world for 332 and has won 59 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed events.
Notably, she won nine Wimbledon titles.
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