David Brooks: Who’s The Young Footballer That Beat Cancer?


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David Brooks is a shiny young English football star. While he has been a winner on the field, his biggest victory has come against cancer. After being diagnosed with cancer, David Brooks’ career was in jeopardy and many people speculated that he will have to retire from the sport to deal with the disease. However, David Brooks was able to beat cancer within a year and bounced back on the football field. In this article, we explore a small snippet of his story.

David Brooks: Facts On The Man Who Fought Cancer And Won!

Why did David Brooks leave football?

David Brooks, Gareth Bale’s teammate on the Welsh National Team and one of the most promising footballers of the new generation in the British country, was forced to leave football temporarily after being diagnosed with the second stage of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer caused by in white cells. The shock is immense in the world of English football, since the Bournemouth player, in addition to being one of the most recognized in the Championship (English second division), is only 24 years old and has a promising career ahead of him.

The Welsh international, a vital part of Bournemouth’s project to return to the Premier League, has confirmed the news on his social networks, immediately receiving support from everyone related to English football. “I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will start treatment next week. Although this has been a shock to me and my family, the prognosis is positive and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and return to play as soon as possible.” explained the letter.

In turn, the footballer wanted to thank the medical team of the Welsh National Team for their work in diagnosing the disease. “I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding. Without the prompt attention of the Welsh medical team, we may not have detected the disease,” admitted the young player. 

Brooks also asked that they respect his privacy and that of his family during treatment, confirming that he will provide updates when possible. Their type of cancer, while dangerous, responds well to treatment and shows a high recovery rate among those affected according to the American Cancer Society, even more so if they are young and in good health. For this reason, and honoring how his statement ends, hopefully he can be back with the fans soon, practicing the sport that he loves so much.

What is Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymph tissue that is part of the immune system and originates from white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are cells in the body that fight infections and other diseases. 

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is called so after the man who discovered this disease, Thomas Hodgkin. It was formerly called Hodgkin’s disease. The cause is not known for certain. Although it can be seen at any age, it is more common in young adults. Although the frequency in our country is not known, this disease occurs in 2-3 people out of every 100,000 people in Europe.

Hodgkin lymphoma can occur almost anywhere there is lymph tissue. It usually first appears in a single lymph node or group of lymph nodes above the diaphragm, a thin muscle that separates the chest and abdomen.

In this disease, there are abnormal cells called Reed-Sternberg cells that originate from a B-lymphocyte.

What are the risk factors for Hodgkin lymphoma?

Factors that make it easier for you to get a disease are called risk factors. Carrying a risk factor does not mean that you will get that cancer, and you can get that cancer even if you don’t have any risk factors.

  • Although the disease can occur at any age, it is more likely to occur in teenagers or late adulthood. It is more common in men. 
  • Presence of one of the congenital immune system diseases such as hypogammaglobulinemia, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.
  • Infection with Epstein Barr virus or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) (AIDS-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). 
  • Some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Sjögren’s syndrome (a group of diseases in which the body’s defense system cannot recognize its own cells and harms itself). 
  • Using drugs that suppress the immune system, patients undergoing organ transplants,
  • History of Hodgkin lymphoma in first-degree relatives, especially in brothers and sisters, are risk factors for this disease. 
  • The disease is not contagious.

What are the symptoms of disease in Hodgkin lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma occurs with enlargement of peripheral lymph nodes in 90% of cases.

Common symptoms of the illness include:

  • Enlarged, painless, rubbery lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
  • Becoming more sensitive to the effects of alcohol or having pain in the lymph nodes after drinking 
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained fever
  • Night sweats
  • Cough, difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Extreme weakness and fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Body itching.

How did David Brooks communicate with his fans after being diagnosed with cancer?

“This is a very difficult message for me to write,” he said. “I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week. Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.”

Brooks added: “I’d like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period. I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness. I’d also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all of their support and assistance this past week.

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