Dylan Tombides treated for testicular cancer

27 July 2011 11:36
West Ham have confirmed striker Dylan Tombides is having treatment for testicular cancer.The club's Academy player of the year was diagnosed while he was away on international duty last month with Australia at the FIFA Under 17s World Cup in Mexico.Dylan immediately returned to England and the Hammers' medical staff arranged for a further assessment by doctors.

Treatment: Tombides has had his first course of chemotherapy and been advised he will make a full recovery

The 17-year-old has already started his first course of chemotherapy at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, which is the standard treatment for his condition. He has since returned home to rest and will continue further treatment in the coming weeks.West Ham club doctor Sean Howlett revealed: 'Dylan is receiving the best possible care. All the doctors involved have advised Dylan that he will make a full recovery in terms of his illness and his ability to return to his football career.'He is undergoing the standard series of treatments for his condition which is a course of chemotherapy.'Academy director Tony Carr added: 'Everyone at the club is right behind Dylan and we all wish him a speedy and healthy recovery. The doctors are all very positive and he is in the best possible hands. We look forward to seeing him back with us when he is ready.'

Support: Craig Moore (above) has the told the teenager to keep his head up, stay positive and not get frustrated

Former Newcastle defender and Australia international Craig Moore, who was himself diagnosedwith testicular cancer two and a half years ago, has been providing support toDylan over the past few weeks.

'I spoke to Dylan not long after the diagnosis and mymessage was that he should stay extremely positive,' said Moore. 'The success rates in treating this form of the diseaseare very high and I'm fortunate that I have the all clear.

'It's tough for a teenager to deal with this, but Dylanhas plenty of support from family and friends and I will be among many peoplewho'll be there for him throughout this time.

'I've told him to keep his head up and not to get toofrustrated about missing his pre-season with West Ham. He's a quality playerwith a great attitude and he can overcome this challenge.'

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