Joe Thompson: Rochdale midfielder in 'complete remission' after cancer

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Rochdale's Joe Thompson on his battle with cancer

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson says he is in "complete remission" after his second battle with cancer.

The 28-year-old stopped playing football in March having again been diagnosed with nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma after previously overcoming the disease in 2014.

Thompson's treatment has included a course of chemotherapy and stem cell replacement in Manchester.

He said on Twitter: "Simple terms, I'm cancer free."

Thompson, who has also had spells with Tranmere, Bury and Southport, rejoined Rochdale, where he began his career in their youth system, from Carlisle at the start of last season.

He made 27 appearances, scoring three goals, in all competitions for his hometown club, who finished ninth in League One, and played his most recent game in the 2-2 draw at MK Dons on 11 March.

Joe Thompson tweet
Joe Thompson announced that he is in remission on Twitter

How football reacted on social media

The football world was quick to congratulate Thompson on his good news.

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Rochdale
Thompson is currently in his third spell with Rochdale
Ryan Lowe
Striker Ryan Lowe was a team-mate of Thompson's at both Tranmere and Bury
Tyrone Mings
Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings offered his congratulations
Bury
Thompson spent the 2014-15 season with Bury

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