Irrfan Khan, “Life of Pi” star, revealed Thursday that he has a rare neuro-endocrine tumor.
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Despite Irrfan Khan’s plea not to speculate, fans couldn’t help but focus on the Bollywood star diagnosis after he announced ealrier this month he had “a rare disease.”
On Friday, the “Life of Pi” actor put an end to the rumors, announcing that doctors — and several tests have confirmed — that he is a neuro-endocrine tumor, which, he clarified, does not automatically mean it includes the brain. These tumors can pop up anywhere on the body, either benign or malignant.
The National Cancer Institute describes the neuro-endocrine tumor as an abnormal growth that form from cells that release hormones into the blood in response to a signal from the nervous system.”
Khan admitted he had a few days to process the news.
“The learning that I have been diagnosed with a neuro-Endocrine Tumor as of now, it has admittedly been difficult, but the love and the power of the people around me and I thought that was in me has brought me to a place of hope,” Khan posted on Twitter.
“Small if I had known that my search for the rare stories I would have a rare disease.”
– Irrfan Khan
On March 5, Khan caused a commotion when he wrote that he woke up one morning with a “kick with the life shaking.”
The actor, who also starred in major Hollywood films such as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” told the fans that he find comfort in family and friends after the discovery that he had health problems.
“Small if I had known that my search for the rare stories I would have a rare disease,” Khan wrote earlier this month, promising he would explain more within seven to 10 days. “I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will be.”
Khan is not yet elaborated on his treatment plan, although he said that he would be treated anywhere outside of the USA. The 51-year-old also asked that people Google the diagnosis for more information.
Symptoms of the tumor can vary, the National Cancer Institute says.
“Neuro-endocrine tumors are rare and the treatment can be complex and varied,” the Mayo Clinic explains on the website. “The range of treatments offered to people with neuro-endocrine tumors include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other drug treatments.”
Khan would give updates if he wants, treatment, and hopefully, he added, he gets back to work as soon as possible.
“For those who waited on my words, I hope that I will be back with more stories to tell,” he wrote.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018