Actor Irrfan Khan diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, to go abroad for treatment

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan
Well-known actor Irrfan Khan confirmed today that he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare disease, and that he would be going abroad for treatment.
"The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. 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 a place of hope," Irrfan, 51, said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes," he said.
About the rumours about his disease in the past few days since he went public about being afflicted by a "rare disease" on March 5, Irrfan said, " 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," he added.
Irrfan prefaced his remarks on Twitter today with a quote from well-known American writer Margaret Mitchell, the author of the novel Gone With the Wind: "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect".
On March 5, Irrfan mentioned "a rare disease" in a post about his health but urged people not to speculate and promised to share details in some days after a conclusive diagnosis.
"Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," he had said on that day.
"I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will," he said. "My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don't speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week - ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me!" 
On February 21, filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had said on Twitter that he was pushing  back his film, starring Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone.
"Pushing back film by a few months, @irrfank down with jaundice and @deepikapadukone with resurfaced back issue caused during Padmaavat," Bhardwaj had said.
Irrfan Khan's last release was the romantic comedy Qarib Qarib Singlle in which he had co-starred with Malayalam actress Parvathy, who made her Bollywood debut with that film. His next, Blackmail, which also has Kirti Kulhari and Divya Dutta, is due for release next month.
Neuroendocrine tumors are abnormal growths that begin in specialized cells called neuroendocrine cells. Neuroendocrine cells have traits similar to nerve cells and to hormone-producing cells.
Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and can occur anywhere in the body. Most neuroendocrine tumors occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum and pancreas. Neuroendocrine tumors can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
Diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors depend on the type of tumor, its location, whether it produces excess hormones, how aggressive it is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.
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