cool tennis Martina Navartilova said she is cancer-free nearly four months after announcing that she had been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.
Navratilova, 66, who won a total of 59 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles, had said in January that the cancer was Stage 1.
“As far as you know, I don’t have cancer,” Navratilova told Piers Morgan for TalkTV in an excerpt from an interview to be published later on Tuesday. “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.”
The cancer was discovered in November last year and Navratilova made a statement, released by her representative on January 3.
At the time, the 18-time Grand Slam champion and International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee said her prognosis is good and she would start treatment in January.
“This double whammy is serious but still fixable, and I hope for a favorable outcome,” Navratilova said at the time. “It’s going to suck for a while, but I’ll fight with everything I’ve got.”
Navratilova was previously diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in 2010 and underwent a lumpectomy.
This time, she said she noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck while attending the season-ending WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, in November last year, and a biopsy showed early-stage throat cancer. While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her throat, she said, the unrelated breast cancer was discovered.
Information from Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.