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Midfielder Joe Thompson beats cancer for a second time

REMISSION: Joe Thompson

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.

Speaking on his recovery, Thompson said on Twitter: "Simple terms, I'm cancer free."

Thompson, who has also played 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.

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