'Life of Pi' star Irrfan Khan reveals struggle with rare illness

Irrfan Khan Diagnosed With Neuro Endocrine Tumour Breaks Silence And Ends Speculation

Finally breaking his silence Irrfan Khan revelaed that he is diagnosed with Neuro Endocrine Tumour

Actor Irrfan Khan in a recent statement revealed that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor.

The actor, 51, said it has been hard dealing with the disease but people around him have given him hope and support to fight it. The neuroendocrine tumour begins with cells that produce hormones in the body's neuroendocrine system.

As it was already cleared by Irrfan, Neuro doesn't mean that the cancer is related to the brain, as they most occur in intenstine, but are also found in pancreas, lung other parts of the body.

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A few weeks ago, Irrfan Khan had tweeted that he is suffering from a "rare disease", which had raised many speculations about what the disease really is. As for the rumours that were floated, NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research.

Symptoms for neuroendocrine tumour include flushing, diarrhea, asthma or wheezing, congestive heart failure (CHF), abdominal cramping, peripheral edema and heart palpitations.

The actor is flying overseas to seek treatment and says he hopes to be back with 'more stories to tell'. These cells perform specific functions, such as regulating air and blood flow through the lungs and controlling how quickly food moves through the gastrointestinal tract.

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Though Irrfan's wife Sutapa Sikdar wrote an open letter to media requesting fans to stay calm and allow God to take care of things, rumours never rested in peace. "Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease", he had tweeted on March 5. "The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story", he had said.

On February 21, the actor's spokesperson released a statement that he was diagnosed with a "severe case of jaundice".

Khan, who has also starred in Hollywood hits "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" said that he will be leaving India and travelling overseas for treatment.

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At home, the actor has delivered standout performances in films such as Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Maqbool and Piku.

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