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'Up and down' Roughead details treatment

AAP logoAAP 6/08/2016

Jarryd Roughead remains upbeat as he continues year-long treatment for cancer, with the Hawthorn AFL forward to learn more about his progress in a month.

Roughead, who had a melanoma cut out of his lip last year, revealed in May that routine scans had uncovered a recurrence.

The 29-year-old has been undergoing immunotherapy treatment for eight weeks on four cancerous lung spots.

"We'll have another scan at the 12-week mark and see where it's all at and, hopefully, we'll make some decisions after that," Roughead told Triple M radio.

"I've had a bit of an up-and-down patch over the past two months, but I think that was to be expected.

"It's not going to be smooth sailing.

"You go through some ups and downs but the last couple of weeks have been pretty good.

"I've been able to get back out to the footy club a bit more and start doing some things that I haven't been able to do."

Roughead initially expected he'd be able to continue training.

But that hasn't been possible, with the four-time premiership winner instead restricted to shooting hoops and doing some gym work.

"Which is a bit frustrating, because that's all you've known for 12 years. Your routine's training every day and when that's taken away - a bit of a release is taken away," he said.

"It makes it tough but, when you get to hang out with the boys every day, that makes it a bit better.

"It is the immune-based one (drug), so it can get you in different ways.

"There are little side effects here and there, but you deal with them and it's not affecting me too much."

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