Ailing Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, announced on Saturday that his cancer is in “complete remission.”
Ikeme, 32, who was diagnosed of leukamia last year, wrote on his Twitter handle: “After a year of intense chemotherapy I would like to share that I am in complete REMISSION.”
He admitted that he still has hurdles to pass to be cured, but expressed gladness that he “can move on with some normality!”
The Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper expressed gratitude to all those who have been supporting him.
Accordimg to WebMD, “complete remission means that tests, physical exams, and scans show that all signs of your cancer are gone. Some doctors also refer to complete remission as “no evidence of disease (NED).” That doesn’t mean you are cured.
“There’s no way for doctors to know that all of the cancer cells in your body are gone, which is why many doctors don’t use the word “cured.” If cancer cells do come back, it usually happens within the 5 years following the first diagnosis and treatment.”
Ikeme was the Super Eagles first-choice goalie before the tragic diagnosis. He is currently named as an unregistered ’24th member’ of the team’s World Cup squad in Russia.
Few days to their Friday clash with Nigeria, the Iceland national team players payed a special teibute to Ikeme with his name imprinted on their number 1 jersey.
Nigeria won the match, after two unreplied second half goals by Ahmed Musa.