Putting a rest to all the speculations over the state of his health, actor Irrfan Khan has issued an official statement via Twitter. Irrfan revealed that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour (NET).
According to WebMD, some NETs can be a form of cancer. NETs originate in cells that make hormones which aid in controlling different actions of the body, such as hair growth, behaviour and skin, and other things. Hormones are chemical substances which are circulated throughout the body to have specific effects on the activity of organs or cells. According to Cancer.net, neuroendocrine cells are found throughout the body in organs such as the lungs and gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and intestines.
A tumour starts to develop as healthy cells that grow out of control and form a mass. They can be cancerous or even benign. Cancerous tumours are malignant, which means that they can grow and spread over to other body parts if not detected early and treated quickly. Benign tumours can grow but they don’t spread. They can be removed without causing too much damage.
Endocrine tumours are masses that grow in the parts of the body that produce and release hormones. This means a tumour can also produce hormones, causing serious illness. According to Cancer.net, NETS begin in the hormone-producing cells of the body’s neuroendocrine system, which is made up of cells that are a combination of hormone-producing endocrine cells and nerve cells.
The cure for NETs can be done through a number of methods such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy. Recovery from NETs is not always possible, in case treatments fail. If the tumour cannot be controlled or cured, the disease may be termed as advanced or terminal.
According to Irrfan’s statement, it seems the Piku actor will have to leave the country in the hopes of getting a cure to this rare disease. Back on March 5, Irrfan posted a statement speaking of a rare disease that ailed him but failed to provide further details.