Chris Bunce, Research Director of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Stiliyan Petrov is very unlucky to get acute leukaemia at his age. Fewer than 200 people in their 30s are diagnosed with these types of blood cancer each year in the UK. It is much more common in people in their 60s and older. Because it is so rare and unexpected at that age, it is sometimes not diagnosed quickly enough.
The earlier treatment is started, the better the chances of survival. Therefore being in a health awareness environment such as professional football, with the benefit of a medical team, could have been crucial for Stiliyan.
He will be able to tolerate more aggressive therapy because he is younger. Being fit should mean he will respond better to the treatment. At the moment we don't know what type of acute leukaemia he has. Different sub-types have different prognoses than others. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research would like to wish Stiliyan well with his treatment. ”