`Yuvraj, family told about malignant growth in May-June`

Chandigarh: Contrary to reports which until recently suggested that Yuvraj Singh had a non-malignant tumour, a leading doctor, who conducted tests on him in May-June last year, on Monday said he had detected a "malignant growth" and suggested immediate treatment at the best centres in the world.

Throwing new light over the issue, Dr Pawandeep Kohli said that he had conveyed to Yuvraj`s parents as early as May-June that there was a malignant mass growing in his chest, for which he should immediately rush for treatment.

According to Kohli, Yuvraj is being currently treated in the United States for what is called as mediastinal seminoma or the growth of germ cells.

"Yuvraj came to inaugurate my clinic on May 19 with his physiotherapist Dr Jatin Chaudhry, who is a good friend of mine. The event was organised after India won the World Cup and even though I did not personally know Yuvraj then, I invited him since the country had won the Cup after 1983 and he had emerged as man-of-the-tournament," said Dr Kohli.

50-year-old Kohli, who runs G-Scan Imaging and Diagnostics Centre in East of Kailash, New Delhi, said in May last year he had set up a new MRI machine, specially for sportspersons to deal with sports injuries.

"When Yuvraj came, a battery of mediapersons were present at my clinic since he was the World Cup hero. What went unnoticed then was that Yuvraj was coughing very badly. When I told Yuvraj about this, we decided to conduct tests on him May 23. A CT scan guided biopsy was done later, which revealed malignant growth. It was detected as tumour, a big mass of the mediastinum.