Martina Navratilova says she has completed the six weeks of radiation therapy that she underwent to treat the breast cancer that she discovered earlier this year. In January, she underwent a routine mammography and doctors found ductal carcinoma in situ in her left breast. She had a lumpectomy in March and completed her radiation therapy two weeks ago.
“I'm good,” she said at Wimbledon. “It's not life threatening, although it can be. The radiation was just to lessen the chances of it coming back from 25% to 5 %. The radiation wasn't fun, but I still managed to win the legends tournament in Paris.”
Navratilova, who is still in great shape and is playing the Wimbledon legends doubles with Jana Novotna, plans on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in December to help raise money for the Laureus Sports World Academy.
“That's just to put a cherry on the cake,” she said.
The Czech native and American citizen will soon appear in a new ESPN documentary called "Unmatched," which chronicles the longtime rivalry she had with Chris Evert. It's part of ESPN's award winning “30 for 30” series and is produced by broadcaster Hannah Storm.
Navratilova and Evert' rivalry spanned 15 years where they battled back and forth at the majors, with Navratilova ending up with a 43-37 head to head record against the popular Floridian. They developed a tight bond and are still close friends today.
“It sort of like how Rafa and Roger are,” she said. “What we went through is very unique, no matter how close you are to someone in your family you will never have that feeling that we had as competitors and also friends. We came through two opposite ends of a spectrum, when I was happy she was sad, and vice versa. We came through unscathed as friends. She is a person I know that I can depend on and if I call her and need something, she'll say, 'Where are you?' It's one of a kind relationship.”
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