Martina Navratilova reveals she is ‘cancer free’ after fearing she ‘may not see next Christmas’ | World News
Martina Navratilova says she is “cancer-free” after being diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.
The former tennis world number one will undergo the next round of preventive radiation after a diagnosis left her fearing “may not see next Christmas”.
The 66-year-old told Piers Morgan on Talk TV in an interview that will air Tuesday: “As far as they know, I don’t have cancer.”
Talking about her reaction to the diagnosis, which she revealed in JanuaryShe was quoted in The Sun: “I was in total panic for three days thinking I might not see Christmas coming.
“The bucket list comes to my mind of all the things I want to do.”
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Ms Navratilova, who has won 59 major singles and doubles titles, went to the doctor after noticing an enlarged lymph node in her neck.
Tests later confirmed it was cancer.
“This is the first week of December, [I’m thinking] I’ll see this Christmas, but probably not the next,” she said.
But doctors were able to tell her the cancer was “extremely treatable” and that she had a “95%” chance of a full recovery.
Ms. Navratilova underwent treatment for early stage breast cancer in 2010.
Navratilova also revealed that Sir Elton John’s songs played by nurses while she was undergoing chemotherapy helped her through the treatment.
“You choose the music you want to listen to,” she said.
“Once I picked Elton John, and then he started singing I’m Still Standing, a song he dedicated to me at a concert in Paris during the French Open in the eighties.”