Actor Irrfan Khan is battling cancer, sends heartfelt note from London

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In a first ever confirmation since being diagnosed with a rare disease, actor Irrfan Khan has finally confirmed that he was suffering from a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. In a special note, published in Times of India, Irrfan said that the cancer he’d been diagnosed with was rare and had more unpredictability of its treatment.

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In an emotional note, he said, “It’s been quite some time now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. This new name in my vocabulary, I got to know, was rare, and due to fewer study cases, and less information comparatively, the unpredictability of the treatment was more. I was part of a trial-and-error game. I had been in a different game, I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspirations, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and I turn to see. It’s the TC: “Your destination is about to come. Please get down.” I am confused: “No, no. My destination hasn’t come.” “No, this is it. This is how it is sometimes.”

“The suddenness made me realise how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with UNPREDICTABLE currents! And you are desperately trying to control it.”

He then went on to highlight the irony on the location of the hospital he’s currently being treated for the cancer stating that on one side of the road was hospital, while across the road was the famous cricket stadium, Lord’s.

He wrote, “As I was entering the hospital, drained, exhausted, listless, I hardly realised my hospital was on the opposite side of Lord’s, the stadium. The Mecca of my childhood dream. Amidst the pain, I saw a poster of a smiling Vivian Richards. Nothing happened, as if that world didn’t ever belong to me.

“This hospital also had a coma ward right above me. Once, while standing on the balcony of my hospital room, the peculiarity jolted me. Between the game of life and the game of death, there is just a road. On one side, a hospital, on the other, a stadium. As if one isn’t part of anything which might claim certainty – neither the hospital, nor the stadium. That hit me hard.”

The popular Bollywood actor then revealed that he had finally surrendered himself to his fate adding that ‘the only thing certain was the uncertainty.’

He wrote, “All I could do was to realise my strength and play my game better. This realisation made me submit, surrender and trust, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of where this takes me, eight months from now, or four months from now, or two years. The concerns took a back seat and started to fade and kind of went out of my mindspace.

“For the first time, I felt what ‘freedom’ truly means. It felt like an accomplishment. As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it. My confidence in the intelligence of the cosmos became absolute. I feel as if it has entered every cell of mine.”

In March this year, Irrfan had revealed he had been diagnosed with Neuro Endocrine Tumour adding that learning about the disease ‘has admittedly been difficult.’ He had written, “The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been. 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 place of hope.

“The journey of this is taking me out of 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.”

Irrfan’s wife, Sutapa Sikdar, had made a desperate appeal to his fans thanking them for their support after her husband was diagnosed with the ‘rare disease.’

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  1. You are a very good person and good actor I pray God for your speedy recovery. We want to see you back in action please do not loose courage. Your fans like me are with you.

  2. don’t loss hope. so many were qured by visiting holy places, like dargas, temples, chruch , you also go and pray. DAVA SE DUVA JADA KAM KAREGA. bEST OF LUCK. you are aware many incidents have happen. i am sure you will be cured.

  3. Ohhh this is very sad…you have a big fan list Irfan..you are great talented actor and your acting and movie has touched common people in various ways and such a great actor you are. Our best wishes are with you and will pray for your speedy recovery…we want you come back in flying color after your treatment and need to see many more of your movies!!! ALl THE BEST!!!

  4. It is a very sad news for me. I pray God to save Irrfan from the disease soon. And I am sure he will survive.

  5. Irfan Bhai, Assalamu Alaikum,
    Himmath math haaro, Allah aap k saath hai.
    Allah se duwa hai k aap ku jald se jald shifaa dey – aameen. Mera ek mashwara hai aap Ku, k aap zyada SURA E RAHMAN padho yaa head phone lagaa ke sunte raho, In sha Allah cancer cells qatam hojayingey dheerey dheerey. Ye senior Drs ka tajruba hai, jinhon ne apne mareezon Ku treat kiya hai. Try karke tho dekho, sawab bhi aur cure bhi. Aap apni dawa bhi letey raho. Insha Allah aap zaroor jald teakh hojaogey, Allah se ummeed rakho.

  6. My fraind treted for cancer about 2years.taken kemo therapy 3or4 times in Kolkata. Then for better treatment he travel to Mumbai and after repeated checkup the famous hospital announced my fraind has no cancer at all.after hearing this news my fraind was exited, at 10.30pm. at night 1.30 I got news that my fraind died (heart attack.).so, believe in your creater.he is almighty.

  7. Irfan sahab, we pray Almighty Allah with his infinite mercy to bless you with his benign Grace n keep you healthy n in fine spirit. I definitely believe in Allah you will be alright n will home ever smiling. Ameen.

  8. Irrfan sir u r a legend of bollywood, no one can take away u from us.
    U struggling story’s to bollywood shows dat ur a warrior, u’ll easily face dis disease as ur a warrior, our wishes r always wid u #GetWellSoon

  9. Buddy I am in the same position .. we are blessed ..

    Couple that has helped me –
    keeping it simple ..
    remembering the infinite more than ever before and allowing it to shine

    You are a favourite of mine .. Lots of love

    Naresh

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