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Padma Shri Tom Alter, a famous film, television and theater actor is currently battling cancer. 

He was informed of the disease today after being admitted to Saifee hospital in Mumbai last week where he is under expert supervision. 

The 67-year-old actor is suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

As reported , his son Jamie Alter said, “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.”  

The actor had to get his thumb amputated last year due to the condition. His son confirmed that "now he is in stage four". 

Jamie added, "He is fighting it well. He is showing the will to battle it out. 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, an Indian actor of American descent has worked on several TV shows and has featured in more than 300 films. He became a recognised name in the industry after giving a stellar performance in TV serial "Passion" where he played the character of a gangster named Keshav Kalsi. He is also an author of three books. 

Tom was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2008 for his unprecedented contributions to the art and film industry.

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