The Herald Sun has reported that Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead is facing a battle to play AFL football again, as his melanoma has spread internally.
Roughead was today ruled out indefinitely after suffering a recurrence of melanoma.
The 29-year-old missed several weeks last season after having the cancer removed from his lip. However, a recurrence of the cancer was detected yesterday.
Roughead is likely facing three to four months of chemotherapy treatment.
Had the cancer returned to his lip, it would have only required a simple procedure to remove the melanoma once again.
However, now that the cancer has returned and spread through his body, it will require a more immediate and complicated treatment.
“That’s been part of the process since he had his initial melanoma last year, on a regular basis he has to go and have a full body scan,” general manager of football operations Chris Fagan said.
“He’s had one previous (scan), and everything was all clear.
“This time around there are a few spots of cancer to be seen on the scan. Obviously that means there has to be a medical intervention going forward.”