Kim Woo Bin's doctor reveals treatment of actor's rare cancer condition and chances of recovery

Says chances of recovery depend on the patient's health

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Kim Woo-bin and Shin Min-a. Woo Bin 김우빈

'Uncontrollably Fond' actor Kim Woo-bin was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer, a rare type of cancer that affects the head and neck regions. Dr. Jung Yoo-seok of the National Cancer Center has now released the specifics of the treatment regime for the actor's condition and the chances of his recovery.

As noted by Koreaboo, during a special guest appearance on KBS 2TV's program 'Entertainment Weekly,' Dr Jung Yoo-seok talked about the standard procedure of treatment of a condition such as Kim Woo-bin's.

"Due to the uncommon location of the cancer, the standard procedure is to treat him with a mix of radiation treatment and medication without surgery. When caught in the primary or secondary stage you can expect 70% chance of full recovery and in the 3rd or 4th stage the chance of recovery increases depending on how healthy the patient is," the doctor said.

On May 24, Kim Woo Bin's label Sidus HQ released an official statement about the actor after his visit to the doctor, which read: "Hello, this is sidus HQ. This is a statement about Kim Woo Bin's health issues. We took to this statement to reveal Kim Woo Bin's condition personally, knowing that many will worry and show concern.

"While carrying out his various schedules, Kim Woo Bin felt abnormalities in his body and visited a hospital, being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. Fortunately, it is still in its early stages, so he has begun receiving drug treatment and radiation therapy. He plans on focusing on his treatment for now before greeting you with a recovered, healthy image, so please wish for his speedy convalescence.

"We are currently in the stages of adjusting his previously made schedules. We ask for your numerous cheers and encouragements. Thank you," the official statement had read.

Kim Woo-bin's girlfriend, actress Shin Min-a had immediately released a statement of her own through her agency on May 24 assuring everyone that she is by his side and taking care of him. "I am currently helping Kim Woo Bin get better while he's under treatment," her statement had read. The two fellow actors have been in a relationship since 2015.

This article was first published on May 30, 2017