Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife Kulsoom Nawaz is suffering from lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.
"My mother has been diagnosed with lymphoma, cancer of lymph nodes, left side of neck in her case. Her treatment begins immediately," her daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted on Wednesday.
My mother has been diagnosed with lymphoma, cancer of lymph nodes, left side of neck in her case. Her treatment begins immediately.— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) August 23, 2017
Drs hopeful that since it is diagnosed at an early stage,its curable. Thanku for yr kind prayers. May Allah bless her with complete recovery— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) August 23, 2017
According to the American Cancer Society, lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body's immune system, and has two types: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin.
It was earlier reported that Kulsoom, who is running in the race for the NA-120 by-election, had throat cancer. However, sources told Express News that doctors in the UK have diagnosed her with blood cancer in its initial stage and her chemotherapy will start next week.
Railways Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Khawaja Saad Rafique had refuted rumours that Maryam Nawaz, Kulsoom's daughter, will run for NA-120 instead of her mother because of her sickness.
Gen Qamar calls Nawaz, inquires about Kulsoom's health
Kulsoom is running for the seat left vacant after her husband's disqualification by the top court. The former first lady went to London last week for for medical tests.
Earlier in the day, Army chief General Qamar Bajwa called up Sharif to inquire about Kulsoom Nawaz’s health.
The army chief expressed his best wishes and prayers for the health of the former first lady, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan also expressed his best wishes for the former premier’s wife. “I wish her the best as she fights this disease and pray she wins her battle against cancer,” he wrote on Twitter.