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Lisa Ray Cancer-Free and Ready to Re-Embrace India

Times of India
23 April 2010
Mumbai, India

Born again Born again
Ten months after tel –ling the world that she was suffering from an incurable cancer, Indo–Canadian actor Lisa Ray has announced that she is cancerfree at the moment. In an interview coinciding with the start of the 8th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which opened with her latest –starrer, ‘Cooking with Stella’, Ray has said that she had “enjoyed being bald” and is ready to embrace her second home, India, with new vigour.

She told a foreign news agency that she is feeling “reborn” after a stem cell transplant in January to treat multiple myeloma.

The glossyhaired star of Bollywood movies, ‘Water’ and ‘Kasoor’, showed off her new shorthair look. “This has hijacked my life for long enough and now I am going to take matters into my own hands,” the 38–year–old Ray has been quoted as saying. “It’s really been a kind of rebirth,” she said of her radical stem cell transplant treatment. “It’s like being reborn from the inside out.

It’s a big cleaning from the middle of your marrow and spreading out.” Multiple myeloma is a cancer of white blood cells that attacks and destroys bone and which more commonly afflicts people in their mid–60s. There is currently no known cure and treatment is focused on containment. Said Jaslok Hospital’s Dr M Basade, who has been using the stem cell therapy to cure multiple myeloma, “The cancer goes into remission for up to four to five years after one round of stem cell treatment.

The treatment can be repeated thereafter.” As multiple myeloma affects the patient’s immunity, he\she becomes weak. But Ray, who was born in Canada to an Indian father and Polish mother, chose to fight back, and chronicle her battle in a painfully honest yet humourous blog that has won her even more admirers.

Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles, she said, “My hair is coming back and it is looking awesome right now.

I am just loving it. It is the sleekest and most well–put together I have ever looked.”

“It was the best thing I could have done,” she said. “I am planning to divide my time between Mumbai and Canada now. I felt really reembraced and re–connected with a world and people in that world that I had missed, and it feels right to start really re–engaging and spending a lot more time there.”

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