India news March 18, 2012

Yuvraj completes chemotherapy, to return to India in April

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh, the India batsman, has completed his chemotherapy and is expected to return to India in the first half of April. He was admitted to hospital for his last cycle of chemotherapy and has now been discharged. Yuvraj underwent three sessions of chemotherapy in Indianapolis at the IU Simon Cancer Centre at the Indiana University Medical Centre under Lawrence H Einhorn, who headed the treatment of cycling champion Lance Armstrong in 1996.

Yuvraj had tweeted on Sunday morning about his chemotherapy sessions being complete.

Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer early last month. His condition is called "mediastinal seminoma", a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs - the tumour is a rare one, forming less than 1% of all cancers. He was known to have shown a "slightly better than expected response" to his first cycle of chemotherapy and now, having completed the process, will go through a few weeks of recovery to deal with the side-effects of his treatment.

While in the US, where he's been since the last week of January, Yuvraj has done as much gym work and played pool as was physically possible during his treatment, watched the Superbowl game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots and interacted with a few hundred Indian-origin students of the university after he was recognised when on one of his walks along the Indianapolis canal.