Calcutta: Former Pakistan cricket captain Hanif Mohammed, who underwent cancer-related surgery in London on July 9, has started undergoing “adjuvant chemotherapy” aimed at preventing a recurrence.
“Dr Robert Hutchins (the surgeon who operated) and oncologist Prof. Justin Stebbing are of the opinion that Dad’s cancer has been cured. However, there’s the probability of recurrence.
“And, so, Prof. Stebbing recommended six cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy. The first session, at the London Oncology Clinic, was completed this afternoon,” younger son Shahzeb told The Telegraph on Monday.
Hanif, now 78, was the sport’s first ‘Little Master’. Of course, the likes of younger brother Mushtaq have always only addressed him as “Master.”
Shahzeb, who is a research analyst with the London Business School, added: “The two-part first cycle will get over next week and Dad may go back to Karachi on September 14.
“In that case, the remaining five cycles would be completed in Karachi, under the care of Dr Nehal Masood, who has been associated with (Imran Khan’s) Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital...
“Dad took the first session well. Thankfully, there were no complications...
“Over the past two months, Dad has been overwhelmed by the response from fans and friends and, while thanking them, has asked that he continue to be in their prayers...
“The Pakistan Cricket Board has got in touch with Dad and assured all help. He’s been touched by their gesture.”
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who was given Hanif’s ‘Little Master’ title after his stupendous debut, in the West Indies, in 1970-71, is among those to have wished him a speedy recovery.
Besides watching cricket (Ashes, Pakistan in Zimbabwe), Hanif has played carrom to keep himself occupied in the six-odd weeks since his discharge from the London Bridge Hospital.
“By God’s grace, Dad has put on some weight and, after the surgery, has been feeling fresh and healthy,” Shahzeb said.
Hanif has been spending most of his time with daughter Seema at her Wembley residence. In between, for about three weeks, he was with Shahzeb at his Harrow on the Hill house.
According to Shahzeb, Hanif requires knee surgery as well, but that has been put on hold.