Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Hit With 'Double Whammy'

She has throat, breast cancer
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2023 10:00 AM CST
Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Has 2 Types of Cancer
In this July 7, 1990, file photo, Martina Navratilova fights back tears as she poses with her record ninth ladies singles championship trophy at Wimbledon, after defeating Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1.   (AP Photo/Roy Letkey, FIle)

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been hit with a "double whammy": a diagnosis of throat and breast cancer. Both are early stage, and the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion will begin treatment this month. The BBC reports that Navratilova, 66, discovered an enlarged lymph node in her neck in November, and a biopsy confirmed it was stage 1 throat cancer. While those tests were underway, a lump was also found in her breast and determined to be unrelated early-stage breast cancer.

"The [throat] cancer type is HPV and this particular type responds really well to treatment," reads a statement from her rep, per the Guardian. "Both these cancers are in their early stages with great outcomes." Navratilova previously had breast cancer in 2010. reports it was a noninvasive cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ that she underwent a lumpectomy and radiation for. She said of her most recent diagnosis, "The double whammy is serious, but fixable, and I'm hoping for a favorable outcome. It's going to stink for a while, but I'll fight with all I have got." (More Martina Navratilova stories.)

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