Roughead gets the all-clear in cancer battle

Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks celebrates with fans in 2014.
Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks celebrates with fans in 2014. MARK DADSWELL

AFL: A day after returning to training, Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead has been given some more good news - he has the all-clear from his cancer.

Roughead told the Hawthorn website he had responded well to his course of immunotherapy after being told in May that his melanoma had returned.

He was on the training track with teammates when pre-season began on Monday and said he then got the news from doctors he had been waiting for.

"I'm cancer-free,” Roughead said.

"I've had a complete response from the treatment so far and (the doctor has) given me the all-clear to get back into living a normal life.

"(I can) get back to doing the things I want, which is playing footy ... He reassured me that things are all good and we can get back to living a normal life.

"A complete response means that the lumps and tumours have gone. The drugs have worked and killed off everything.

"The main thing is going back and getting surveillance every three months and that will continue for as long as we go. Each patient is different but this is the way that we've got to go.”

Roughead said although he had been told he could train with teammates he could not give a date on his playing return.

"I don't think you can put a timeline on it straight away,” he said.

"We initially thought it was going to be June or July. To be able to say that we can get back into training and doing all of this again, we're on the right path to playing footy again.

"We don't want to put a round there because if we don't get there then all the journos will have a bit of fun saying 'what are you doing, you missed out on that'.”

The four-time premiership star praised his support team at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and his teammates who had helped him through some bad moments during his treatment.

"Initially we had a few side effects with the treatment, which some people would have seen through the footy club,” Roughead said.

"(We) were able to get on top of those and now it's all about living life normally and getting back to playing footy, starting to play and starting to train with the boys.”

Topics:  cancer hawthorn hawks jarryd roughead melanoma

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