Bollywood star and Academy Award winner Irfan Khan has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor which is a rare disease that is treatable when detected early. The disease is very rare and it occurs mostly in males between age 30-50 and it is also not common in the general population.
The actor had previously tweeted on March 6 about him suffering from a rare disease but he did not say what it was. But he further tweeted about the rare disease yesterday but he did not disclose whether the tumor was cancerous.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018
According to health experts, early detection of the disease can lead to a cure or chemotherapy. A neuroendocrine tumor is a condition in which the neuroendocrine cells which perform a particular function in the such as the controlling how food quickly moves and regulating air and blood flow through the lungs develop into tumors. The disease grows mostly in the lungs, pancreas, and intestines. They further mentioned that if the tumor is in the lungs, the patient may experience a cough, and chest pain, but if it grows in the intestine diarrhea, bleeding and black stools may occur.
This disease can also produce serious illness such as palpitation and high or low BP at the same time. The disease can also be genetically transferred, this kind of situation requires early screening by the individual involved from the doctor. The treatment of the disease depends solely on whether the disease is benign or malignant and it also depends on the location of the tumor.
The Indian actor has featured in international movies such as Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, Inferno, and Life of Pi. He won the Filmfare Award last year for his solo movie Hindi medium and also awarded the best actor in the movie Paan Singh Tomar.