Guy Lafleur, the Hall of Famer and five-time Stanley Cup winner, is battling lung cancer again.
The 69-year-old former Montreal Canadiens star was diagnosed this week, according to a statement from Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).
The news was disclosed to Lafleur during a follow-up appointment. The distribution of the news was made in agreement with Mr. Lafleur and his relatives.
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“This is a major blow, but I am continuing my fight with confidence and serenity thanks to the support of the CHUM,” says Lafleur. “I would especially like to thank Dr. Tehfe and his entire team at the Integrated Cancer Centre for their professionalism and good care.”
With the news that Guy Lafleur’s cancer has returned, the Canadiens family would like to send best wishes to our legendary No. 10 as he faces this latest challenge.
Our thoughts are with you on your road to recovery, Guy. pic.twitter.com/vAqPqedbvW
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 7, 2020
According to Lafleur’s oncologist, the former Canadiens star will begin immunotherapy and chemotherapy treatments as part of a research protocol. Lafleur will continue to play his role as an ambassador for La Fondation du CHUM during his treatments. “It’s important for me to pursue my commitment to La Fondation du CHUM,” he said.
In November 2019, Lafleur underwent surgery at the CHUM to remove the upper lobe of one of his lungs, as well as the lymph nodes.