Tennis player Martina Navratilova cancer: 18-time Grand Slam champion has 2 cancers

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NEW YORK – The great tennis player Martina Navratilova said on Monday that she was diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.

In a statement released by his representative, the 18-time Grand Slam champion and International Tennis Hall of Famer said his prognosis is good and he will begin treatment this month.

Navratilova, 66, said: “It’s doubly painful, but it can still be fixed, and I hope for a favorable outcome.” “It’s going to stink for a while, but I’m going to fight with everything I’ve got.”

She said she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while competing in the WTA season finals in Fort Worth, Texas, in November, and a biopsy showed early stage throat cancer. Navratilova’s throat tests revealed an early, unrelated breast cancer, she said.

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“Needless to say my phone and Twitter are blowing up so I’ll say it again: Thank you all for your support and I’m not done yet,” he tweeted on Monday.

Navratilova was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer in 2010 and underwent a lumpectomy.

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She won a total of 59 Grand Slam titles, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. The last was a mixed doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the 2006 US Open, a month before his 50th birthday.

Navratilova first won a record 167 singles titles in 1994 and retired after 331 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. He returned to the tour in 2000 and also occasionally competed singles.

Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. He has been working as a television analyst for the past few years.

In a statement on Monday, Navratilova will not be a regular part of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the Australian Open later this month, but hopes to be able to participate from time to time via video conference.

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