Irrfan Khan's tumour can be surgically removed, says doctor

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2018, 06.00 AM(IST)

File photo of Irrfan Khan. Photograph:( WION )

After Irrfan Khan issued a fresh statement on Friday afternoon revealing that he has been diagnosed with a NeuroEndocrine tumour, a doctor said that the actor's 'rare disease' is curable.

Dr Saumitra Rawat, HOD, Surgical Gastroenterology & Liver Transplant, Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, talked to ANI on the matter and gave some insights about its nature and medication.

Dr Rawat said, "NeuroEndocrine Tumour is an abnormal growth of Neuroendo cells which are present in bodies. When there is an abnormal growth, then it forms a tumour - Normally seen in intestine, pancreas, lung, thyroid and other parts of the body".

On commenting on Khan's case, he said, "It depends on the location of the tumour, its size, and what is its mytotic index".

He further noted that such kind of tumours can be taken out surgically.

"Depending on where the tumour is localized, you can take it out surgically and the chances of cure are very high", Dr Rawat explained.

He added that once the procedure is done, the patient is required to have regular check-ups for any recurring tumours.

In an official statement posted on Twitter, the actor revealed that dealing with the diseases has been difficult and he is thankful to those who gave him strength and love. 

"The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research. To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell," the statement read.

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