Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, 66, on Monday announced that she is suffering from throat as well as breast cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2010.
"This double whammy is serious but still fixable," Navratilova said in a statement. "I'm hoping for a favourable outcome. It's going to stink for a while, but I'll fight with all have I got," read her statement posted to the WTA site.
Navratilova holds 18 grand slam singles titles, as well as 31 grand slam doubles titles and 11 grand slam, mixed doubles titles, ABC reported.
After discovering an enlarged lymph node in her neck during the WTA Finals in Fort Worth back in November, she underwent the test that led to the diagnosis of cancer.
According to WTA, Navratilova will not be working the upcoming Australian Open for Tennis Channel. She has been working as tennis coach and broadcaster in recent years.
In 1994, she retired from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) before returning to play doubles for six years in 2000.
When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2010, Navratilova cried for "about 15 seconds" and then asked her doctor, "OK, what do we do? What's the next step?" said WTA.