From country music star, Toby Keith, providing an update on his cancer to the Duchess of York announcing her diagnosis, here’s what’s happening in the oncology space this week.
Sudarshan Maharaj, the Anaheim Ducks goalie coach, revealed his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Sudarshan “Sudsie” Maharaj, 59, announced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on Monday.
Shortly after the Duck’s season coming to an end, Maharaj received word of the diagnosis, and has been going to treatment ever since, waiting to receive surgery soon. Maharaj had thought he was struggling with an ulcer, but later found out that wasn’t the case.
Working with the Ducks, starting in the 2013-14 season as a goaltending consultant, Maharaj was named goaltending coach within the 2016-17 season.
As Maharaj is receiving treatment, the Duck’s will be receiving a temporary goaltending coach, decided by General Manager Pat Verbeek and Maharaj.
“I plan on fighting this disease vigorously with the help of my tremendous doctors both in Toronto and with the Ducks. The hockey community is an amazingly supportive place, and I look forward to seeing you all soon,” Maharaj told “The Orange County Register.”
Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, received surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sarah Ferguson, 63, revealed on her podcast, “Tea Talks,” that she underwent surgery this past Monday after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
As of Sunday, Ferguson left the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London, and has been recovering with her family in Windsor.
Ferguson had received a routine mammogram screening, which eventually revealed breast cancer. She said that she is especially thankful to all of the medical professionals who had involvement with the mammogram.
Ferguson stresses that a routine mammogram is extremely important, as she “was otherwise symptom free,” the spokesperson said, according to PA.
“The duchess is receiving the best medical care and her doctors have told her that the prognosis is good. She is now recuperating with her family,” the spokesperson said, according to PA.
Country musician, Toby Keith, discusses stomach cancer recovery, and hopes to perform soon.
Toby Keith, 61, provided an update on his stomach cancer, after undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Keith discusses his improvements, but still explains that recovery isn’t over yet.
Keith explained in an interview with “The Oklahoma” earlier this month that his tumor was expected to get smaller, as he was eight weeks away from his last scan during the time of the interview.
Keith said that he hopes that he will be able to perform soon after recovery, which he expects to be sometime in the fall, if he is able to obtain enough energy to do so. “I’m ready. That’s living,” Keith shared.
“You never know with cancer, so you have to prepare,” Keith explained to “The Oklahoma.”
Clea Shearer spoke out after her new Instagram selfie went viral.
Clea Shearer, who is known for the reality TV show, “Get Organized with the Home Edit,” commented about how her hair has been the topic of discussion. The TV host underwent treatment for breast cancer, and recently posted an Instagram post featuring her black, grey and white hair.
Shearer commented, “Let's talk about my hair, because lately, it's become a discussion point," Shearer began. "I've been in four airports this week, and two TSA agents almost didn't let me through because my hair didn't match my photo ID. I was interviewed by several media outlets who all asked if I planned on keeping my hair this way. I ran into people who I've known for over 15 years — and when I said hello — they had to ask who I was because they didn't recognize me."
In April 2022, Shearer revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and would receive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. After that, announced that she was cancer free.
Shearer has no issue with her hair being discussed within the media and offline but struggles to understand why individuals are mentioning her hair now, rather than when she had no hair after undergoing chemotherapy. “I suppose when I was going through chemo and had NO hair, I was recognizable in a different way. And no one asked questions because it was obvious I didn't have a choice,” Shearer explained.
Shearer is proud of how she looks and plans to keep it just the way it is. "Yes, it's still a reflection of having cancer… but that makes me proud, and I'll wear it like a badge of honor, “Shearer wrote.