NEW YORK. — Tennis great Martina Navratilova said she is cancer-free nearly four months after announcing she had been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer.

The former world No. 1 will undergo further preventative radiation treatment after the diagnosis had left her fearing she “may not see next Christmas”.

The 66-year-old told Piers Morgan on Talk TV in an interview that was to be aired last night: “As far as they know I’m cancer free.” Speaking about her reaction to the diagnosis, which she revealed in January, she was quoted in The Sun: “I was in a total panic for three days thinking I may not see next Christmas.

“The bucket list came into my mind of all the things I wanted to do.”

Navratilova, who won 59 grand slam singles and doubles titles, went to the doctor after noticing an enlarged lymph node in her neck. Tests subsequently confirmed it was cancer.

“This was the first week in December, (I’m thinking) I will see this Christmas, but maybe not the next one,” she said.

But doctors were able to tell her the cancer was “extremely treatable” and she had a “95 percent” chance of a full recovery. — The Sun

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