Friends, fans send support to Crowe
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 6:12p.m.
By Jane Luscombe
Hundreds of Martin Crowe’s friends and fans from around the world have sent messages of support as he comes to terms with cancer.
The former New Zealand cricket captain learned yesterday he has lymphoma. He spent today undergoing tests to try to establish how advanced the cancer is and what sort of treatment he'll need.
Crowe is a determined man. Two years ago, at the age of 48, he announced his return to cricket.
Cricketer Dipak Patel shared a dressing room with Crowe in his heyday and says it is that determination that will see him through now.
“His cricketing skills will come to the fore here. The fact is he is very strong-minded and he is very determined. We are very confident he will come through.”
Just last week Crowe visited his doctor complaining of a sore throat. Tests were ordered and they came back yesterday with a diagnosis no one wanted to hear – cancer of the lymph nodes, known as lymphoma.
The former captain has requested privacy for now, but his manager Louise Henderson released a statement about Crowe’s condition.
"Understandably the family have a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks. The diagnosis is very new. The family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the foreseeable future is different.”
There are more than 30 different types of lymphoma, University of Auckland medical professor Peter Browett says. Some are slow-growing and take months before they're diagnosed, but most respond well to treatment.
“Other patients present with more rapidly growing lymph nodes and have a more aggressive form of lymphoma,” Mr Browett says. “The treatment and prognosis will vary between the different kinds.”
Martin Crowe's manager told 3 News he is exhausted and has been through a 24-hour emotional whirlwind. His focus is on resting and staying positive while he waits for the prognosis.
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