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Chris Evert completes chemo treatment for ovarian cancer
The 18-time Grand Slam champion was diagnosed with the illness in January, and hoped that sharing her story would raise awareness for the importance of early detection.
Published May 10, 2022
International Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert has completed her sixth and final chemotherapy session to treat stage 1C ovarian cancer, and she celebrated the occasion with a video update on social media.
"I'm a little out of it (meds) but nonetheless, thankful and relieved I finished my six chemo treatments,” she wrote, along with a video of herself and the healthcare workers who treated her. They marked the moment by symbolically ringing a wind chime, and Evert also received a ‘diploma’ from the team.
“Thank you so much, you guys were great, good luck to everybody,” she told them, before adding with a chuckle, “I hope we don’t see you again!”
In January, Evert shared her diagnosis of stage 1 ovarian cancer in an article co-written by good friend and fellow ESPN anchor Chris McKendry. She hoped that by sharing her story and chronicling her treatment, she would help others realize the importance of early detection.
“I feel very lucky that they caught it early and expect positive results from my chemo plan,” she said. "Thanks to Chris McKendry for her friendship and for co-writing this very personal story with me. And thanks to all of you for respecting my need to focus on my health and my treatment plan.”
According to the article, Evert was diagnosed after discovering she possessed the BRCA1 gene—which indicates a hereditary predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers—when she underwent a preventative hysterectomy. The former world No. 1 took these proactive steps in honor of her sister, Jeanne, also a former WTA player, who died of the same illness in 2020.
"Cancer had been removed during the hysterectomy," Evert and McKendry wrote. "It had not spread. Following chemotherapy, there's better than a 90% chance that her cancer never returns.”