Here is an extended interview with Jose Enrique that he has given after he revealed he has been fighting brain cancer for about a month now.
Jose will now have to undergo radiation treatment to kill off any remaining cancer in the brain – he has 35 treatments scheduled and they can be very intense with significant side effects.
The cancer is what’s known as a chordoma and treatments exist and complete recovery is also possible.
Jose Enrique – while at Newcastle in 2011
Here’s the extended interview as given to Marca and the Chronicle and other newspapers have also published his comments today:
“We were meeting with Chris Hughton, coach of the Brighton who I know from my time at Newcastle, and that night I was beginning to be troubled by pains, I arrived at the hotel and thought they were migraines.”
“During the night I had a brutal headache and the next morning I started to see blurry, then I started to see double.”
“I had my eyes open and I saw double, I had to go to the emergency room and after nine hours there I had a CT scan and they sent me to see neurologists.”
“The tests indicated that I had a problem – I was sent to St. George’s Hospital in London immediately, specializing in neurology and I spent two nights there.”
“It is a tumor located in a complicated area of the head – it is very rare and unusual. it was located behind the eye, that is why I now wear a patch,”
“It was a complex surgery, Dr. Simal and his team operated on me last week.”
“I went into the operating room at 9 in the morning and I left at 6 in the afternoon, the tumor was stuck to the artery and it was a complicated intervention.”
“The surgeons did an exceptional job. I was in the ICU for 24 hours and I am very grateful for the work of Dr. Simal and his medical team.”
“They were the worst days of my life I stayed in bed for five days without moving.”
“There are only four machines in Europe (that exist for the radiation therapy he must now undergo).”
“My options are to go to Zurich or Paris and I will have to receive 35 sessions,”
“I will be about a month and a half away from although that is the least of it, I just want to get well,”
Jose is in for a tough several weeks of treatment and we wish him all the very best and a full recovery from his condition.