’66 hero Banks’ battle

Gordon Banks is undergoing treatment for life-threatening kidney cancer
Gordon Banks is undergoing treatment for life-threatening kidney cancer
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England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has revealed he is suffering from kidney cancer for a second time.

Having lost one kidney to the disease 10 years ago, Banks is receiving chemotherapy treatment after blood tests showed the other is now affected.

He said: “Last year we went on our annual holiday to Florida. A week later I couldn’t sleep and then I couldn’t even stand due to the pain.

“I was sent straight to hospital where they told me I had cancer. I was so shocked when they told me it was my kidney.

“They put me straight on medication and I am taking chemotherapy tablets three times a day for a month and then I am to have two months off them.

“The last time I had the cancer it was very large but they were able to remove the kidney and take the cancer away with it.”