Tom Alter

Veteran actor Tom Alter has been diagnosed with skin cancer. He is being treated at Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — Veteran theater and film personality Tom Alter, 67, is battling stage four skin cancer at a Mumbai hospital, his son said Sept. 11.

Upset over “factually incorrect” stories about his father suffering stage four bone cancer, Jamie 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.”

Last year, Alter had to get his thumb amputated due to the condition.

Now, he is in stage four, Jamie said.

Alter has been admitted for a week in Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital.

“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.”

Jamie said the family wants privacy in the matter.

“We will be releasing statements to the media as and when things happen.”

Known for starring in television shows like “Bharat Ek Khoj,” “Zabaan Sambhalke” and “Betaal Pachisi,” Alter is an American-origin actor settled in India. He has had a flourishing career on stage, and on the big screen he has played pivotal roles in successful films like “Gandhi,” “Shatranj Ke Khilari,” “Kranti,” “Aashiqui” and “Parinds.”

In 2008, he was recognized with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of India.

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