Robson expected to beat cancer

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Former England captain Bryan Robson is expected to make a full recovery after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

Robson underwent surgery to remove a tumour from this throat in Bangkok on March 3. Manchester United confirmed specialists are optimistic about the chances.

"The laboratory report revealed a cancerous tumour, which will need further treatment. The oncologist is confident that the condition is treatable," a club statement read.

Head and neck cancer specialist Mike Dilkes told Press Association Sport recovery rates for throat cancer were very good.

"If God was going to give you a cancer, you would choose throat cancer," Mr Dilkes, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Barts and The London NHS Trust, said.

As with all cancers, though, prognoses depend on how early the disease is caught.

Mr Dilkes said that if caught early recovery rates for patients were 98.4%, but, if presented late, that figure dropped to just 45%.

"This cancer is a disease caused mainly be smoking and drinking," he added.

Former Manchester United skipper Robson is currently combining his work as a United ambassador with coaching the Thailand national team.

The club statement continued: "At this moment Bryan is fine to continue with his role as Thailand coach and his role as ambassador of Manchester United. Bryan and his family have requested that he can continue with his treatment in private and ask that their privacy is respected."

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