Rakesh Roshan on his battle with cancer: I was sure I had cancer even before the reports came

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Hrithik Roshan had shocked his fans when he broke the news of Rakesh Roshan being diagnosed with cancer. Rakesh Roshan had been diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma (throat cancer) and was to undergo surgery. But after nine long months, Rakesh has defeated the Big C with the support of his family.

In an interview with Mid-Day Rakesh Roshan opened up about his battle with cancer and how he fought through it,  he said, it all started with a blister below his tongue back in September, he said, his first reaction was, he hoped it isn’t cancer. He said, “I immediately called my family doctor home. He said it was nothing to worry about and gave me some medicines to treat the blister,” he recounts. The chapter was forgotten until three months later when he visited Hinduja Hospital to meet a friend. “On a lark, I headed to the ENT specialist. The first thing he told me was to get a biopsy done. I came home and told my family that though the reports would come in four days, I was 100 per cent sure that I had cancer.

After a series of meetings with top oncologists, it was confirmed that Rakesh had cancer. But post that the procedures came as a shocker to him as some involved cutting his tongue and taking part of the skin on his wrist as a replacement. But, Hrithik got in touch with Dr Jatin P Shah (who holds The Elliott W Strong chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre) who told us that nothing of the sort was required.

After this cancer did not hold him back as he went to the office, next day as he did not want negativity to holf him back, although his body was wearing down after multiple chemo’s, “I had to undergo three cycles of chemo and 45 days of radiation. I became physically weak and would often feel giddy, but I tried to remain mentally strong.” He said his family was his rock, with daughter Sunaina was his source of inspiration.

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