Tennis champion Martina Navratilova says she doesn’t have cancer, details “total panic” after diagnosis

Tennis great Martina Navratilova says she is now cancer free. Earlier this year, Ella Navratilova revealed that she was diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.

The 66-year-old made the announcement during an interview with Piers Morgan for his TalkTV show, “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”

In the days after receiving the double diagnosis, Navratilova said she was in a “total panic” and didn’t think she would make it to Christmas Day.

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Former tennis player Martina Navratilova attends the trophy ceremony after Serena Williams of the USA won her women’s singles final match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the French Open at Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

“As far as you know, I don’t have cancer,” Navratilova said. She also mentioned that she would still need to undergo preventative radiation treatments.

Throughout her impressive career, Navratilova won 59 Grand Slam titles.

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Navratilova revealed that doctors initially told her that there were very few treatment options for throat cancer. Her doctor also said that she “didn’t look very well” shortly after the breast cancer was discovered.

“That’s when I started crying on the table,” she said. “Oh great, I have two cancers at the same time that are not related.”

Martina Navratilova, center, poses with Elise Mertens, right, and Veronika Kudermetova after winning the doubles final against Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova at the WTA Finals at Dickies Arena on November 7, 2022 in Forth Worth, Texas.

Martina Navratilova, center, poses with Elise Mertens, right, and Veronika Kudermetova after winning the doubles final against Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova at the WTA Finals at Dickies Arena on November 7, 2022 in Forth Worth, Texas. (Reuters)

She experienced her fair share of adversity throughout her life, but Navratilova said cancer was the most challenging situation she faced.

“Give up, give in, stop, that’s never been an option for me,” he said, referring to his way of thinking during his battle with cancer.

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Navratilova’s wife, Julia Lemigova of “The Real Housewives of Miami,” regularly provided updates on the tennis star’s health. Lemigova recently revealed the couple’s plan to adopt a child.

Martina Navratilova at the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2022.

Martina Navratilova at the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2022. (Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

“When you adopt a child, it has to be about the child,” Lemigova said during a reunion episode that aired earlier this month. “And, right now, it’s all about Martina, and for her [to be] getting healthy

“I’m waiting for Martina to get better.”

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Since she stopped playing tennis, Navratilova had a season as a coach. She has also worked as a broadcaster and ambassador for the WTA Tour.