Boycott decided to undergo surgery after being diagnosed with throat cancer for the second time

Boycott decided to undergo surgery after being diagnosed with throat cancer for the second time


Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott. File.

Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott. File. | Photo Credit: Reuters

England great Sir Geoffrey Boycott has been diagnosed with throat cancer for a second time and will undergo surgery in two weeks to treat the disease.

“Over the last few weeks I have had an MRI scan, a CT scan, a PET scan and two biopsies and it has now been confirmed that I have throat cancer and will need an operation,” the 83-year-old said in a statement to The Telegraph.

“Past experience has made me realise that to beat cancer a second time I will need excellent medical treatment and a lot of luck and even if the operation is successful every cancer patient knows they have to live with the possibility of it coming back.

“So I'll just keep at it and hope for the best.” The former England opener, who has amassed 8114 runs in 108 Tests, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2002 at the age of 62. Given just three months to live, Boycott made a comeback after undergoing 35 chemotherapy sessions with the support of his wife and daughter.

Boycott, who has 151 first-class centuries to his name, retired in 1982 and enjoyed a successful media career as a commentator for the BBC. He eventually resigned from this role in 2020.


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