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08-01-09, 06:21 AM
'Gradually improving’ Hartson gets boost from Army
MARTIN WILLIAMS August 01 2009


Cancer-hit former Celtic star John Hartson has been boosted by messages of support from the US Marines and troops in Afghanistan, his family said yesterday.

The 34-year-old, whose testicular cancer has spread to his brain and lungs, could start chemotherapy next week if his condition continues to improve, his doctor said.

The former Scottish Footballer of the Year is now considered to be in a serious condition rather than critical, which he was when first admitted to hospital in Swansea three weeks ago.

Dr Pushpinder Mangat of Morriston Hospital, Swansea, said: "John Hartson is improving gradually and, if this improvement is sustained, we will consider chemotherapy at some point next week.

"He remains seriously, but not critically, ill and under the care of the critical care team at Morriston Hospital."

A statement released by Hartson's family said: "We're all pleased that John has been able to make some progress and is ready to face the next steps in his treatment head-on.

"Our support is stronger than ever. Messages continue to flood in and provide us all with a boost, particularly from troops in Afghanistan and the US Marines. We thank everyone for thinking of John."

Swansea-born Hartson was admitted to hospital in his home city earlier this month, where he underwent emergency neurosurgery and it was discovered the cancer had spread to his lungs.

At the weekend he underwent another operation, a pre-planned neurosurgical drainage procedure.

Ellie