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Louis van Gaal insists treatment for aggressive prostate cancer has been successful

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Louis van Gaal says his treatment for aggressive prostate cancer has been successful, as the Holland boss reveals he’s had radiation therapy 25 times and admits he’s ‘been through everything’ at premiere of new documentary film about his life

  • Holland boss Louis van Gaal says his cancer treatment has been successful
  • The former Man United manager revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis on TV
  • Van Gaal has undergone treatment on 25 occasions to help manage the cancer
  • The 70-year-old is set to lead the side at the 2022 Qatar World Cup later this year 

Holland coach Louis van Gaal says the treatment he has undergone for an aggressive form of prostate cancer has been successful.

The 70-year-old former Manchester United and Barcelona manager revealed his diagnosis on a Dutch television show earlier this month.

Van Gaal, in his third spell as Holland coach, is set to lead the side at the World Cup in Qatar later this year before being replaced by Ronald Koeman.

Holland boss Louis van Gaal reveals his prostate cancer treatment has been successful

Holland boss Louis van Gaal reveals his prostate cancer treatment has been successful

The former Man United and Barcelona boss will still lead Holland at the 2022 Qatar World Cup

The former Man United and Barcelona boss will still lead Holland at the 2022 Qatar World Cup

‘I’ve been through everything,’ Van Gaal told Dutch news agency ANP. 

‘I had 25 radiation treatments. Then I had to wait five or six months to see if it had done its job. It did.’

The Dutch head coach previously confirmed the diagnosis on Dutch television show Humberto as he promoted his new film, LOUIS, explaining that he had kept the illness a secret from his players for a considerable period of time.

Van Gaal confirmed the diagnosis on Dutch TV show Humberto as he promoted his film, LOUIS

‘In each period during my time as manager of the national team I had to leave in the night to go to the hospital without the players finding it out until now, while thinking I was healthy, but… I am not,’ he said.  

‘I think you don’t tell people you work with like that because it might influence their choices, their decisiveness. So I thought they shouldn’t know.’

Going into more detail on his health issue, Van Gaal revealed that he had a ‘pretty aggressive form’ of cancer, but was staying positive as he paid tribute to the hospital staff that had treated him.  

The Holland boss had kept the illness a secret from his players for a long period of time

The Holland boss had kept the illness a secret from his players for a long period of time

‘You don’t die from prostate cancer, at least not in 90 per cent of the cases. It is usually other underlying diseases that kill you. 

‘But I had a pretty aggressive form, got irradiated 25 times. Then you have a lot of management to do in order to go through life.

‘I did have preferential treatment in the hospital. I was allowed in through the back door when I went to an appointment and was immediately pushed into another room. 

‘I have been treated wonderfully. You will of course tell your friends and relatives about it. The fact that nothing has come out yet also says something about my environment. That’s great.’

Van Gaal, with his wife Truus van Gaal (left) at his premiere, paid tribute to the hospital staff

Van Gaal, with his wife Truus van Gaal (left) at his premiere, paid tribute to the hospital staff

Despite his battle with cancer, Van Gaal has managed to guide Holland to the World Cup in Qatar later this year.   

They will face hosts Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador in the group stage of the tournament, which kicks off in November.

Holland have confirmed that Ronald Koeman will take over as their national head coach once Van Gaal steps down from the role after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.   

Former Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will take over as the new Netherlands manager

Former Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will take over as the new Netherlands manager

Koeman – who was sacked by Barcelona in October 2021 after overseeing their worst start to a season since the 1987-88 campaign – will return to international management on January 1, 2023.  

His contract with the national side will run through the 2024 European Championship and the 2026 World Cup.

The former Everton boss has been backed by Van Gaal to be a ‘good successor’ due to his ‘experience’.



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