Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur renews battle with lung cancer

"It's a big blow, but I am continuing my battle with confidence and serenity thanks to the support of the CHUM," Lafleur said.

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The Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) announced Wednesday that it was discovered during a follow-up meeting with doctors this week that Guy Lafleur’s lung cancer has returned.

It is yet another health scare for the 69-year-old Canadiens Hall of Famer who underwent successful quadruple-bypass heart surgery at the CHUM last September and in November he was back at the hospital to have surgery to remove the upper lobe of one of his lungs and to remove the lymph nodes.

“It’s a big blow, but I am continuing my battle with confidence and serenity thanks to the support of the CHUM,” Lafleur said in a news release from the CHUM on Wednesday. “I would particularly like to thank the entire team of Dr. Tehfe of the Integrated Cancer Centre for their professionalism and good care.


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Dr. Mustapha Tehfe announced in the news release that Lafleur will begin immunotherapy and chemotherapy treatments at the CHUM as part of a research protocol.

Lafleur will continue to play his role of ambassador for the Fondation du CHUM during his treatments. “It is important for me to continue my commitment to the foundation and the CHUM,” he said.

The news release added that Lafleur would like to thank everyone who has encouraged him during the past few months, but that he wants to continue this next health battle privately with his family.

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