Former England and British & Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero has revealed that his testicular cancer has returned.
The 32-year-old, who started at loosehead when England beat New Zealand in 2012, announced in March that last year he had been diagnosed with the disease.
After surgery and chemotherapy to remove a large swelling, the man who scored for the Lions in their series-clinching win over Australia in 2013 thought the battle was behind him.
But he revealed on social media on Tuesday that the cancer had spread – and that he is currently undergoing treatment.
The former Northampton Saint posted on Instagram: "When I opened up about my cancer experience in March, I was very hopeful it was behind me.
"Unfortunately, the doctors discovered that it has spread to some of my lymph nodes. I’m currently on week five of nine of chemotherapy under the amazing care of the staff at Guy’s hospital in London.
"I’m mentally and physically in a good place and staying positive throughout this rollercoaster of ups and downs. I am surrounded by my fiancée, family and close friends, and very grateful for all the love and support.
For those who didn’t see my latest update on my battle with Cancer I posted on Instagram, here it is. I’m overwhelmed by all the positivity and support I’ve received, thank you for the love. 🙏🏻❤️ @AbbyGustaitis @TeamCorbs pic.twitter.com/ZQCC1yL0N5— Alex Corbisiero (@AlexCorbs) September 22, 2020
"I just want to remind everyone, despite Covid, please go and get checked! Time is of the essence and I am very lucky to have caught this early again.
"In the words of my hero, @therock , 'Just Bring It'."
Corbisiero’s former club sent their best wishes to the Premiership-winning prop, with a Twitter message reading: "Sending our strength to @AlexCorbs as he faces another battle with cancer.
"Crush it like an opposition tight-head, Corbs."
Corbisiero played for both Saints and London Irish in the Premiership, and won 31 caps for England – and two for the Lions – across his five-year international career. He also made 35 appearances for England under-20s, winning the Grand Slam in 2008.