With the last name of Andretti, you would think John Andretti could handle just about anything. But cancer is proving to show the legendary racer his biggest battle yet.
“Today was not what we hoped would happen but I started back on the chemocaster w/o a definite end,” Andretti tweeted out to his fans on Friday (March 29.) “Unfortunately, the cancer has returned again. We continue to research options that may be more beneficial. All of the love & support means a lot.”
Today was not what we hoped would happen but I started back on the #chemocoaster w/o a definite end. Unfortunately, the cancer has returned again. We continue to research options that may be more beneficial. All of the love & support means a lot. #CheckIt4Andretti #silentkiller
— John Andretti (@John_Andretti) March 30, 2019
The retired NASCAR driver and nephew of Indy Car legend Mario Andretti was first diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer back in April 2017. And ever since, he has been fighting it with all of his might via various chemotherapy treatments.
Andretti has also shared his cancer fight with fans via social media. In fact, his Twitter hashtag #CheckIt4Andretti has resulted in an avid campaign urging people to get colonoscopies. Social media has also been a hotbed for support for Andretti.
“I went (through) a very serious bout of cancer,” one Twitter follower wrote. “Given two weeks to live because of my Brain cancer. That was 5 years ago. I am still alive and doing great. A lot of great Doctors and great hospital care. Keep up the faith and pray everything works out.”
Andretti retired from NASCAR in 2010 after 17 seasons in which he earned 37 top-10 finishes. He also competed in 10 Indy Car races, half of those being in the Indy 500.