Boycott in New Year trepidation of neck cancer cure

Published: Monday, December 23, 2002, 22:19 [IST]
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London: Yorkshire and England legend Geoffrey Boycott has said he will learn early in the New Year if he has succeeded in beating the cancer that has afflicted him.

Boycott was diagnosed with the illness in September after problems with his throat and tests showed he had a tumour at the base of his tongue and three secondary tumours in his neck. One of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, Boycott has spent the last few months undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy at a Leeds hospital. The treatment has left him unable to take solid food and seen him lose two stones. Doctors believe the 62-year-old has every chance of recovering fully and Boycott is now resting at his home near Wakefield, awaiting further results. Boycott revealed to the 'The Yorkshire Post', "The diagnosis was a bolt from the blue. I felt a lump when I was shaving one day. I told the doctor and I was being tested within days. "The rest you know. There were four lots of chemotherapy. And then I began the radiotherapy on October 22. I asked what the prognosis was and was told it was very positive. "Of course there are no guarantees in this situation, but doctors say I have a good chance and I'll be fighting it. It is the treatment that takes so much out of me. The side effects are terrible - burns in the neck and chest.

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