Veteran actor Tom Alter battling cancer, hospitalized

Veteran actor Tom Alter is suffering from the fourth stage of skin cancer and he is currently admitted to a hospital in Mumbai.

The 67-year-old actor was admitted to Saifee Hospital in Mumbai on Monday after his condition worsens.

His son Jamie Alter told IANS over phone, “It is what is called a squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). It is a relapse of the same thing which had happened last year and unfortunately, for various reasons, it was not detected at that time and has come back.” 

Jamie added, “He is fighting it well. He is showing the will to battle it out,” Jamie said, adding, “He is under the best care possible. Various doctors across the country are in consultation. As a family, we are very happy with the treatment he is getting. His bodily functions are absolutely fine. The doctors are very happy with that. The past one week has gone in getting him in a state of physical strength, whereby the doctor is able to start the next round of medication.”

Tom Alter, who is born and brought up in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand debuted in Bollywood in 1976 with Dharmendra's 'Charas'. He has also worked in films like 'Shatranj Ke Khiladi', 'Gandhi' and 'Veer Zaara'.

Tom Alter rose to fame with his role in popular sitcom 'Zabaan Sambhalke'.

Playwright Sayeed Alam was quoted as saying, “We are all praying for his recovery and I am sure he will recover.”

During his treatment, his two children, son Jamie and daughter Afshaan, are by his side.

Here's wishing Tom Alter a speedy recovery!