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Wales midfielder David Brooks reveals that he has been diagnosed with cancer

Wales midfielder David Brooks reveals that he has been diagnosed with cancer

What is Hodgkin Lymphoma

Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has today revealed that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. As per the NHS Website:

“Hodgkin lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body.

In Hodgkin lymphoma, B-lymphocytes (a particular type of lymphocyte) start to multiply in an abnormal way and begin to collect in certain parts of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes (glands). The affected lymphocytes lose their infection-fighting properties, making you more vulnerable to infection.”

It is unclear when the cancer developed, but it was picked up on while Brooks was on international duty with Wales this week.

Brooks reveals diagnosis

Taking to Twitter, David Brooks wrote:

“This is a very difficult message for me to write. I have been diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week. 

Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.”

The Bournemouth man continued:

“Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so.”

His club, AFC Bournemouth, also issued a statement on the matter, saying:

“AFC Bournemouth can confirm that midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

He left international duty with Wales last week and after medical examination, it has been confirmed that he has Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma.

As a result of this, David will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis.”

Chief executive Neill Blake added: “Everyone at AFC Bournemouth will do everything possible to help support David and his family during his recovery.

“We’re not putting any timescales on his return; we will give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that.

“I know everyone will be keen to show their love and support for David which will help him immensely as he recovers, but we also urge you all to respect his and his family’s privacy during this time.”

Everyone at 101 Great Goals wishes Brooks a speedy recovery.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.