Martina Navratilova: tennis legend defeated cancer

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova (66) has apparently beaten cancer.

Martina Navratilova: tennis legend defeated cancer

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova (66) has apparently beaten cancer. The former athlete tells this on TV on March 21, as British media, including the "Times", report unanimously. "As far as you know, I'm cancer-free," explains Navratilova according to the "Sun" in conversation with Piers Morgan (57) in a program that is to be shown on Tuesday. But she still had to endure preventive radiation treatment for two weeks.

"This double whammy is serious, but still repairable. I hope for a positive outcome. It will be difficult for a while, but I will fight with everything I have," Navratilova said in January and made it public that she had larynx and throat pain was suffering from breast cancer.

She was diagnosed for the first time in December. On a Friday afternoon, a doctor told her she was ill, but they had yet to find out what cancer it was. She didn't find out until the following Monday that it was throat cancer. "I will experience this Christmas, but maybe not the next one," Navratilova thought at the time.

Fortunately, however, she was told by the doctors that it was a treatable form and that she had a "95 percent chance" of a full recovery. Breast cancer was then diagnosed with positron emission tomography. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and was considered cancer-free after subsequent treatment.

The double diagnosis was an "up and down" for Navratilova. At first she thought she could die from throat cancer, but then found out that it was easily treatable. "It doesn't look good," her doctor then said during a biopsy of her breast.

"I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn't realize it was going to be as tough as it really was," Navratilova said in the interview. Eating was particularly difficult. She lost 15 pounds - not because she wanted to, but because she couldn't eat enough. Because of the treatment, she couldn't even yawn or sneeze properly.

Her wife Julia Lemigova (50) recently stated that the couple had initially put off adoption plans. According to the US magazine "People", Lemigova, to whom she has been married since 2014, said on a reunion show of the reality format "The Real Housewives of Miami" that the couple had "put their adoption plans on hold". Navratilova, who doesn't think it could work after all, has now confirmed this: "I think it's just too complicated and I only have limited energy right now."