New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has responded to his cancer relapse saying his ”friend and tough taskmaster Lymphoma is back”, leaving him with ”more work to do”.
Crowe, who will turn 52 next Monday, first learned he was suffering from lymphoma in late 2012, but looked to have held it at bay after a rigorous course of chemotherapy.
However, after suffering back pains, he visited his doctor recently and tests revealed the cancer had returned.
“You never beat lymphoma,” he said, “but I was hopeful that after the first episode I might be clear for a few years; I felt very well.”
“I will now have to have further treatment.”
Writing on Twitter today, Crowe said: “To say you cant beat lymphoma is not quite true, many have. Yet follicular lymphoma is incurable, & can be treated & tamed for many long yrs (sic).”
”After a brilliant year of self discovery and recovery I have more work to do. My friend & tough taskmaster Lymphoma is back to teach me,” Crowe wrote.
“I say Lymphoma as a ‘friend’ coz it delivered me a message to remove the past for good in 2012, which I have. It’s returned as the taskmaster.”
Earlier, Crowe said he was prepared to meet the challenge.
”I feel much wiser and better equipped to deal with the situation than I was last time.
“I’ll get stuck into the treatment again with the same resolve and positivity.”
Crowe, widely regarded as the best batsman to have represented New Zealand, played 77 test matches and 143 one-day internationals between 1982 and 1995.
In 1991, Crowe set the New Zealand record of most runs in a single test innings with a 299 scored at the Basin Reserve against Sri Lanka. The record stood until this year when Brendon McCullum surpassed the mark, scoring 302, also in Wellington.
When Crowe was originally diagnosed with the cancer, he traced his problems dated back to his playing days, particularly touring the sub-continent.
He believed his immune system had weakened by picking up salmonella poisoning and glandular fever.
The Lymphoma Network of New Zealand described lymphoma as a little known but prevalent cancer which was growing in incidence both globally and in New Zealand.
Lymphomas were cancers that affected the lymphatic system and arose when developing lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) underwent a malignant change and multiplied in an uncontrolled way.
Lymphomas could develop at any age, but the majority occurred in people over the age of 50.
Some lymphomas grew slowly and caused few troubling symptoms, and may not need to be treated urgently. Others grew more quickly and needed to be treated as soon as they were diagnosed.
Treatment could involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
After a brilliant year of self discovery and recovery I have more work to do. My friend & tough taskmaster Lymphoma is back to teach me.
— Martin David Crowe (@MDCroweMentor) September 16, 2014