Navratilova Says She Is `Cancer Free,' Undergoing Treatment After Surgery

Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion who last month announced she had cancer, said today she has no trace of the disease after surgery.

“I’m doing well,” Navratilova said in a conference call organized by the Tennis Channel. “I am in fact cancer free, that was taken out when I had the lumpectomy about six weeks ago. I just started radiation last week.”

She said she will undergo treatment while doing commentary work for the Tennis Channel during the French Open, which starts May 23 in Paris.

Navratilova, who won a record nine singles titles at Wimbledon, said on April 7 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that her prognosis was good.

Navratilova, 53, received her diagnosis in February. She decided to speak publicly about her condition to encourage women to get tested. The form of cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ, is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer, according to Breastcancer.org.

Navratilova today said her condition and treatment won’t affect her schedule. In March, she completed a 25- mile bike leg of a triathlon in Hawaii. She’ll attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in December. “I’ve always wanted to climb it,” she said.

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