About four months after being diagnosed with throat and breast cancer, Martina Navratilova announces that treatments were successful and that she is now cancer-free.
The 66-year-old Navratilova told TalkTV’s Piers Morgan that she has managed to eliminate both cancers, which were unrelated to each other and her health prognosis was 50/50. Fortunately, the treatment was effective and the doctors consider the tennis legend to be cancer-free. Still, she’ll undergo a few more preventative treatments: “I still need to do the right breast probably with radiation but only for a couple of weeks and that’s more preventative than anything else.”
Navratilova had first discovered a lump in her neck during the WTA Finals in Fort Worth in November 2022. When she had it checked, the biopsy results pointed to an early-stage throat cancer. As she was undergoing tests on her throat, the stage-one breast cancer was discovered.
“That’s when I started crying on the table as she’s getting samples out of my boob and I’m like, ‘Oh great, now I have two cancers at the same time that are not related,'” the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles revealed in the emotional interview. “What was the alternative? Giving up? Giving in? Stopping? That’s not an option for me. Quitting is not in my DNA.” (via ESPN, photo: Jimmie48)