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Bollywood star Irrfan Khan is known internationally for his roles in blockbusters ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ File photo: AFP
Bollywood star Irrfan Khan is known internationally for his roles in blockbusters ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ File photo: AFP

Irrfan Khan breaks silence, says he is battling with neuroendocrine tumour

Irrfan Khan says he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour and is travelling overseas for treatment

Actor Irrfan Khan, whose roles in Hollywood films such as “Slumdog Millionaire", “The Amazing Spider-Man" and “Life of Pi" have brought him fame, has been diagnosed with a tumour and is travelling overseas for treatment, he said on Friday.

Khan did not comment on whether the tumour was cancerous, but dismissed media reports that had speculated he was suffering from brain cancer. He did not say where he would be seeking treatment or for how long.

“Learning that I have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me, and that I found within me, have brought me to a place of hope," he said in a Twitter message.

Tumours originating in the cells of the neuroendocrine system are rare. They can develop in the intestines or pancreas, and may prove cancerous.

Khan had sparked speculation with a revelation on Twitter this month that he was suffering from a rare disease.

“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. Reuters

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