Irrfan Khan, Indian actor and producer, well-known for movies, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, The Amazing Spider-Man, has been diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumour.
What type of NET?
There have been no confirmed reports about the type of neuroendocrine tumour which Irrfan Khan has. In his tweet announcement, Irrfan is quoted “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.” I’m sure we all wish the best for him.
Where will he be treated?
Irrfan said he would be travelling overseas for treatment. Fox News (USA) said that “he hasn’t elaborated on his treatment plan, though he did say he would be treated somewhere outside the U.S.” This has been contradicted by other online sources in India claiming he will be treated in USA. However, there are now reports he is in London for treatment by a London based NET Specialist. He has apparently posted on Instagram from “The Dorchester” (lead picture). I checked the Instagram account and it looks genuine.
Is this generating awareness of NETs?
Yes and we in the community should be thankful to Irrfan for going public. However, the news has resulted in a flurry of items about Neuroendocrine Tumours (NET), some accurate, some not so accurate. Many commentators made assumptions of a brain tumour based on the ‘Neuro’ part of the word Neuroendocrine, this was dismissed by Irrfan in his initial tweet statement.
I noted a 3000% increase in blog hits from India since the news hit. I’ve had many google alerts since the announcement was made and they all mainly contain simple facts. Some commentators have done their own research and are printing many strange things which are wrong about NETs. It follows that some of the awareness being generated is not the highest quality we should expect.
What happens next?
This article will be kept live as I hear more news of his diagnosis.
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