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Yuvraj back to normal in couple of months - doctors

Sharda Ugra

March 19, 2012

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A message of support for Yuvraj Singh, Australia v India, Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide, February 12, 2012
Yuvraj Singh's medical team is "fairly confident" there will not be a recurrence of the cancer he had been diagnosed with © AFP
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Yuvraj Singh's response to chemotherapy has left his medical team "fairly confident" that the mediastinal seminoma he had been diagnosed with "will not come back." Dr Nitesh Rohatgi, a key member of Yuvraj's medical team, told ESPNcricinfo that according to their assessment, Yuvraj could "get back to normal activity in about a couple of month's time." Yuvraj underwent three cycles of chemotherapy, the last one in hospital before being discharged, and is expected to return to India in the first half of April.

Rohatgi, senior medical oncologist at Delhi's Max Cancer Centre, said Yuvraj, diagnosed with a mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour between his lungs, had responded well to therapy. "He has had the standard treatment for such tumours, which is three cycles of chemotherapy followed by a strict protocol based follow-up and we are cautiously confident that it will not come back."

The doctors' progressive assessment over the period of almost two months of chemotherapy had indicated that the "tumour mass" detected earlier "has now shrunk significantly. The cancer protein (tumour marker) has come down faster than expected and both the signs together are reassuring of the fact that the cancer should be on the way out of his system."

Yuvraj has been in the United States for treatment since end January. He underwent chemotherapy in Indianapolis at the Indiana University's IU Simon Cancer Center under the supervision of Rohatgi and Lawrence H Einhorn, who had headed the treatment of cycling champion Lance Armstrong in 1996.

Following the three cycles of chemotherapy, Rohatgi said that while Yuvraj's tumour markers had "normalised", his readings of the liver and kidney test remain "robust", indicating that the chemotherapy has not irreversibly damaged his body. "All the side-effects he has had so far are reversible and we've seen signs of quick recovery between cycles of chemotherapy."

When asked about a specific time frame for Yuvraj's return to full fitness, Rohatgi said it was, "variable." "In our experience, mine from cases in the UK and Dr Einhorn's from the US, patients get back to good normal activity in a month's time. Whether that also amounts to excellent training capabilities we will only find out in time. Yuvraj is very strong-minded, he shows a sign of desperation to out-perform himself."

Yuvraj will remain in the US for between two to three weeks due to what Rohatgi called a "safety period" that had to be observed following chemotherapy. His next step would now primarily be to get back to fitness and go through a follow-up and check-up routine through blood tests and CT scans, "none of which would interrupt any of Yuvraj's schedules."

Along with physical recovery, Rohatgi said Yuvraj had mentally handled the chemotherapy very well. "The common psychological effect on patients of cancer and chemotherapy can be depression, but Yuvraj has tackled it very well. He came across to us as someone who said when this gets over, let me get back on track."

On Sunday, Yuvraj had tweeted about his chemotherapy sessions being complete.

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

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by desiboy454 on (March 21, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

Yuvi wish u the best and a speedy recover, waiting to see you in the indian blue!! you are a champ, we all are praying for you. To all NON-INDIANS, a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wishes to Yuvi, its good to c people from all over not bashing on each other and actually agreeing on something together, a mans health getting better. Best wish to all of you and your families as well. Thank you!!!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

Wishing Yuvi Speedy recovery... With Talent and P ersonality combined you r the best player out there.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Get well soon Yuvi! You're in our prayers. You're a great player and we wish to see you on the field soon. I like your play even if you're playing against my country, Pakistan. Billions of people prayers are with you, InshahAllah you'll be 100% very soon. Take care

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (March 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

yuvi, you will be back soon and would be doing even better than before. My best wishes :)

Posted by sweetspot on (March 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

@Anant S. Khokhar - Yes, no need to mention where you are from, but I think it is out of a sense of affection that Pakistani people on this forum are mentioning where their wishes are coming from. In case you have not noticed, relations between fans of two countries are at the best we have ever seen and many exchanges are genuinely kind, generous and decent - just like the relations between the two teams these days. The bitterness in the rivalry is all but gone, and there is pure enjoyment now.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

we are missing lot i didn't see any indian cricket match without you pls come back very soon and i hope u'll bring good cricket for indian fans .

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Good to hear that you are on the mend, Yuvraj Singh. Best wishes that your recovery continues. This is more good news following reports that the footballer Muamba (hope I got the spelling right) is responding to treatment in hospital in the UK, following his collapsing on the field with a heart attack. Great news all round. Get well soon, gentlemen.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Yuvi, hit the cancer out of the park, and return back to hit the cricket ball out .... ur natural gift, should not go waste.. wish you a speedy recovery..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Get well soon Yuvi, You have won us the world cup and there is always a place for you in the indian side no matter what ..

Posted by BlackArcher on (March 20, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Miss you a lot on the cricket field, Yuvi ! Wish you the speediest recovery and a very healthy future. India needs you back in its ODI, T20 and even Test teams for the future..my best wishes.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

We are missing you a lot. We hope that we shall see you in action.

With Best Wishes and early recovery,

Posted by cricsavvy on (March 20, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

Get well soon Yuvi. Nice to see lots of well wishers from Pak

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

best wishes from Pakistan

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (March 19, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

get well soon Yuvi. But do not play any cricket in future. Because only player whose place you are going to take at the moment is "Sir Ravinder Jadeja". How Dhoni will be able to digest this, I don't know.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Dont worry boss ! get ready for fight ....

Posted by RajivNairPR on (March 19, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Yuvi, u have the prayers of a billion Indians! Remain strong n focused... Get well soon... lots of Man of the Match n Man of the Series trophies waitin 4 u.... Take care bro!

Posted by street_smart on (March 19, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Yuvi... we want you back....you rightly deserved to be in the team... instead of stupid Jadeja.... & Sachin should make way for Tiwary....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Yuvraj PAA JI recover fast and get back soon to the ground,I love you as cricketer and good sportsman across from western border of your country aka PAKISTAN.

Posted by Sunil_India on (March 19, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Come on Yuvi, many more trophies are there to grab,can't wait 2 c u back on field

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Firstly - Best wishes to Yuvraj and hope for a speedy recovery.

Secondly, what's up with people posting well wishes and then claiming to be Pakistani? Does it really matter? How about well wishes from one human to another or from one cricket fan to a player? Why do we have to get caught up in where we are from?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Yuvraj back to normal in couple of months - doctors

Posted by K.A.K on (March 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Great news Yuvy. Wishing you speedy recovery. Figher all the way! Waiting to see you back in action!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Get Well Soon... Hope to see you soon in live action...

Posted by Romenevans on (March 19, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Good news! But i hope his forced entry in Indian team won't distrub teh combination. But i think he can fit in at 7th spot of Jadega or Yusuf, because he's geniune batsman and can bowl way way way YES waaaaaaaaaay better than over-rated Dhoni boy Jadega.

Posted by DrRifatSukhera on (March 19, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Salam yuvi,we miss u on cricket fields,u r the real flare of indian cricket...GET WELL SOON BROTHER...From Pakistan

Posted by zico123 on (March 19, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

all the best Yuvraj, get well soon, get fit and come back into the ODI team, India needs your allround ability

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

get well soon yuvi..whole cricketing world is with you

Posted by AGonsalves on (March 19, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

He is being treated in Boston and not in Indiana?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

All the best. My wife has been through chemo and radiation for breast cancer treatment and I know how tough it can be. Get well soon. BTW, this is from a Pakistani.

Posted by kurups on (March 19, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Yuvi...cant wait to have you back in the team and see your talent flowing in those delightful game changing shots that you play..and Boy, we need you very badly! We and all cricketing fans around the world want you back doing what you know best. Get well soon!

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 19, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Get well soon Yuvi....we are waiting for your return eagerly. May God bless you...Miss u very much...

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

yuvi do it again, 6 sixes against stuart broad,(sorry for broad)

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

You're the man Yuvi! A Titan has recovered and he is going to rule at No.4 again, after he comes back. We're waiting for him to devastate his opponents!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Thats great news. Now you have beaten this disease you can return to beating bowling attacks all over the world into submission. Wishing you a speedy recovery from here on.Get Well Soon & God bless you.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Yuvraj Get well soon and come back to Indian side soon...Your place is still vacant !!..Boy.. we cant bear this Ravindra Jadeja in Indian team any more..!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

I am Pakistani, get well soon Yuvraj. You have to again hit 6 sixes to Chris Broad.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Get well soon Yuvi... you are a true rockstar. I m sure you will come back hard.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Thats great news. Now you have beaten this disease you can return to beating bowling attacks all over the world into submission. Wishing you a speedy recovery from here on:)

Posted by anver777 on (March 19, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Hope u recover soon & play again.. cricket lovers all over needs u in World Cricket !

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Come on Yuvi!!!We want you at No:4 in the T20 WC ....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Superb News,Hope he comes back on the field soon.Can do away with Sir Ravindra Jadeja,India's Sobers!

Posted by raj_gt on (March 19, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

get well soon.... desperate to see you on field again.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

It nice to hear that his chemotherapy treatment for cancer ailment has been successful and hope he recovers well enough to be back into normal life. He has shown positive attitude towards his treatment and hope post treatment goes well as well. Mau waheguru bless him. looking forward to his appearance on cricket field.

Posted by raisagha on (March 19, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Refreshing News. Great. We all are waiting for your come back.

Posted by ZalimHK on (March 19, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

congradulation on recovery he is good crickters , true fighter of the field not sure cause the Money he might paid for his treament might normal perosn never think of in india, many poor people died even they have morw will then Yuvraj but they don't have money like yuvraj, I hope after recovery he feel the pain of thoes people who are not able to eat every day meal back home. god bless him and all of us

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Great news.. Take complete rest and dont rush your comeback.. Team can wait for more days to have you in full flow..

Posted by Spelele on (March 19, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Awesome!!! Wow, world cricket misses him; it would be lovely to have him back.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Hey Yuvi...The Prince of Indin Cricket..!! Get will soon and come back to Indian side soon...Your place is still vacant !!..Boy.. we cant bear this Ravindra Jadeja in Indian team any more..!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Yuvi is one of cricket's most precious commodities. He has much to offer cricket afficionados. Here's a toast to the young lion: Come back on the field of play as soon as you can.

Posted by Meety on (March 19, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Again - hope all goes well from here, am a little concerned that he did spme gym work. I suppose he had sound advice.

Posted by THE_10dulkar on (March 19, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Yuvi...you are a good fighter n congrats on completing your treatment successfully...hope to see you soon...as you r such a important member of middle order for Ind cricket..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Yuvi a true fighter has shown the world that he is not only a fighter on the field but off the field also he proved that he is fighter. We all wish you good luck for your future and look forward to see you on field soon. All the best!!!!!

Posted by TexanBlue on (March 19, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Prayers from Pakistan for an early and complete recovery. You're indeed a brave fighter and your die-hard fans are anxiously waiting to see you back on the field, hitting boundaries, taking a shy at the stumps, and rolling your arm over to test the batsmen. May God bless you.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 19, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Waiting for yuvi to come back , then we can do away with useless jadeja , the so called all rounder

Posted by roger4u on (March 19, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Get Well soon Dude!!! India needs a strong personality like you!!!! Our prayers and best wishes are with Yuvraj Singh!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Great! Get well soon. Waiting to see on the ground, from Ardent Cricket, Indian Cricket Team and Yuvi (The Prince) fan.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

great news for yuvraj and his indian team

Posted by ranjithrissur on (March 19, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

we are waiting for your return.i have heard once in an interview of your father that "the best of yuvi is yet to come" ,and this is the ideal time for that. u where a real fighter u have single handedly won matches including 2 world cups.none of the others can claim this.when you start firing no one is close to you(even viru!!). best of luck yuvi..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Beta., God bless you to get back on track soon From - An old cricket fan and a well-wisher of yours. (and well wisher of all people of your guts , gumption, never-say-die spirit!)

Posted by dudex16 on (March 19, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Yeah.... He's back and I hope with a bang

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 19, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Sad though, lad's already in his 30's. Will be miracle to see him in the international arena again

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

U truly are a fighter Yuvi .... The entire cricket lovers have prayed for ur quick recovery ... Can't wait to see u back on the field. May God bless u with speedy recovery and the best of health.

Furqan Javed from Pakistan .... ;)

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