Clive Rice confident laser knife can remove new tumours

2015-02-27 00:00

WHEN Clive Rice (65) gets on a plane to Bangalore in India on Saturday to receive cancer treatment, it will not just be a flight for survival, but also a very ­emotional journey.

Tests after he collapsed in his home in Cape Town last week found ­a cancerous tumour on his brain.

Scans show the growth is too deep to be cut out by a neurosurgeon.

He said the surgeons in Bangalore had the technology to remove such tumours.

Rice explained the operation is done by laser and it is very accurate to get to all the cancer cells.

He said it will be a very emotional journey for him, because he will be taking the plane on which his family opted to place his late stepsister, Margi Bushall.

She was to have gone to Bangalore at the end of last year for a similar treatment, but fell gravely ill and died just days before her planned departure.

Rice said his family had found out about the so-called Cyberknife technique in Bangalore while researching ways to help his stepsister. “I am very positive that everything will be successful,” the last Springbok cricket captain said. “When I get there, tests will be done to first see how many tumours I have over my body.”

He said a non-malignant tumour was removed from his ear in an operation in Germany last year.

Rice led South Africa on a victorious tour in India when the country was re-admitted to world sport in 1991.

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