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Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan diagnosed with rare tumour

Irrfan Khan breaks the silence about his rare disease on Twitter

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has been diagnosed with a tumour and is travelling overseas for treatment, he said on Friday.

His roles in Hollywood films such as “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Amazing Spider man” and “Life of Pi” have brought him global fame.

One of India’s most popular and bankable stars, the 51-year-old Khan revealed the diagnosis Friday, after having divulged earlier this month that he was suffering from an unspecified disease.

“The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about,” Khan tweeted to his 2 million followers.

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

Khan had tweeted March 5 that he had a “rare disease,” which sent the Indian media into overdrive speculating on what it was.

Neuroendocrine tumors, also known as carcinoid tumors, are uncommon, and usually found in organs such as the stomach, bowel and lungs. Treatment usually involves surgery to remove the tumor.

“To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell,” he said on the social network on Friday.

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