Christmas came a few weeks early for Jarryd Roughead, who delivered the news that all AFL fans had been praying for – he is “cancer free”.
The Hawthorn forward revealed on Tuesday that a recent check-up confirmed he had responded well to immunotherapy treatment and doctors have told him he can now “get back to life as normal”.
“I’ve had a complete response from the treatment so far and (the doctor has) given me the all clear to get back into living a normal life,” Roughead told Hawthorn’s website.
“The complete response means the lumps have gone, the tumours have gone. The drugs I have had have worked and have killed everything. That’s what we wanted from the start.
“I am cancer-free, and that’s what you wanted to hear.”
Roughead has not played at any level since Hawthorn’s 2015 grand final win.
Although reluctant to put a date on his return to the AFL, he said he was looking forward to playing again as soon as next season.
Today is a great day.
Rough has some positive news to share with you all.
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