India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who is undergoing chemotherapy in the United States to recover from lung cancer, will get help from the government. Sports Minister Ajay Maken has promised government help to Yuvraj.
"Wish Yuvraj a speedy recovery! Asking officials to find the quantum and nature of help required. Government should & will help him," Maken tweeted.
Yuvraj's physiotherapist Jatin Choudhary had told television channel Headlines Today that the ace all-rounder, 30, was diagnosed with cancer in October and was being treated in Boston.
The disease was detected in stage 1 itself, said Choudhary. "It is a rare tumour and is cancerous but it has been detected in stage 1 itself (Stage 0 refers to cancer that is just beginning, while stages 1 to 4 are progressively more advanced cancers)," he said.
"Doctors had to decide whether to continue medication or go for chemotherapy but since parts of the tumour are just above the artery of his heart, there was a danger that while running it could burst. But it is 100 percent curable," Choudhary told the ANI news agency.
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Choudhary said Yuvraj is expected to recover by the end of March. "The doctors decided that he would have to undergo chemotherapy and he travelled to the US on January 26. End of March, he would undergo a CT scan and should recover by then," he added.
"Once he is done with chemo in March, his rehabilitation would be complete by April end and he would be perfectly fit to play in May," Choudhary told the Press Trust of India news agency.
Yuvraj's family said last November that the all-rounder had been battling a golf ball-sized non-malignant lung tumour which first affected him during India's triumphant World Cup campaign.
Yuvraj, who was unavailable for the ongoing triangular one-day series in Australia, has also opted out of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League which starts in April.