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Kim Woo-bin diagnosed with cancer, halts all activities to receive treatment

Whoa, this is a shocker: Kim Woo-bin (Uncontrollably Fond and Heirs) has been diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer and is stopping all work immediately to focus on treatment. His management company, Sidus HQ, released a statement today announcing the news, explaining that Kim Woo-bin had recently begun to feel strange symptoms in his body and went to the hospital, which is where he received his cancer diagnosis.

The condition affects the head and neck, and is located behind the nose and throat in the region called the nasopharynx. The statement explained that the condition had been caught early enough for treatment, and Kim is currently undergoing radiation therapy and taking medication. All of his currently scheduled activities are being put on hold and will be rescheduled. Surgery doesn’t appear to be in the immediate plans; this type of cancer is reportedly difficult to operate on, because of the location of the nasopharynx.

Kim had signed on to join director Choi Dong-hoon’s (The Thieves, Assassination) latest film, Wiretap, a remake of the Hong Kong crime thriller Overheard that co-stars Lee Jung-jae. Wiretap was to begin filming later this summer, but in light of this news, production will be delayed. A source from the film’s production stated that Kim Woo-bin’s health and treatment is the priority, and that they have agreed to wait to film until he has fully recovered.

Waaaah! What terrible news! It does sound as though it’s a treatable condition, and the reports have an upbeat tone to them, so I will remain positive-thinking and beam him all of my well wishes, and never watch Uncontrollably Fond again (well, for other reasons too). Let’s send him all our positive thoughts.

Via Sports Chosun, My Daily

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What's with the sad news all around this whole week :(((

I'm so hoping for a full recovery, no matter if he gets back in the show business or not. Just, get well, please. And quit smoking, I guess.

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I'm sorry, but there were other bad news? I guess I missed something...

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Maybe non drama related? Like the Manchester bombing? A 8 year old child died ?? amongst others.

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Ah, thank you. I thought it was something k-drama / k-pop related. Not saying the real world issues are not important or anything...

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Manchester...

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Manchester bombing, Mindanao martial law after terrorist takeover, and basically all Trump-related news..

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I don't know but isn't there news about Yoo Ah In got bone tumor?

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Yoo Ah In's was benign. I believe everyone has lump or two in our bodies.

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Yes YAI case was benign tumour. KWB case is cancer. No matter how many articles i read i still cant believe it

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Certainly Manchester. In less serious matters, a lot of Hallyu fans are very unhappy about the news that Sistar is calling it quits too.

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And also how much negativity BTS is getting for their win at the Billboard Awards 2017 =(

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@bebeswtz negativity? I'd have thought people would be happy though (i dont keep up with entertainment news - whats going on exactly with them?)

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@nanabot
They are the first ever East Asian group to win a Billboard Award (not Asian Billboard Award, not American Billboard Award, it's THE Billboard Award that welcomes and should be honouring to nominees from around the world) but have been getting a lot of negative feedback from netizens and just plain mean people from around the world for their win T.T There have been comments that ranged from being simply unsupportive to plain mean, and then those comments that crossed lines and go into malicious and racist territory T.T And that's not even including the comments made by the different fandoms that are now attacking each other trying to claim claim credit and "give credit where it's due" as to who it really was who put in all those votes in order for BTS to win the Award

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Yeah, non-drama related. It's the happenings around the world (esp. in my country - terrorism and all) that just beats the sense out of me.

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What about the crazy NY driver who drove into pedestrians in the middle of Times Square, injuring 22 people and killing one? Crazy month this has been...

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yeah what other news? im stumped too.

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Sorry. I wasn't talking about Kpop on the news. Some real life violence and threats.

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I recently finished UF, how am I going to move on. He is sick for real now ??????????

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ikr! this "real life imating reel life" concept is too close for comfort!!!!!!

poor woobin. hope he gets well soon :'(

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imitating*.

too distraught to type straight lols

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Yep, he can recover and he will, I can't go through what I went through last year when the "the news on 'Uncontrollably Fond'" revealed to the public what we saw from episode 1. If you weren't prepared for what was to come you stopped watching after the hospital scene with the fake blood from his drama within a drama.

And then of course he is my third fav actor after Yoo Ah In, number 1, and yep Ji Soo, number 2. And all the health diagnosis lately, please drama land happy endings in dramas only from now on and drama universe happy endings in real life too!!!

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Argh! ???

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IKR? I recently rewatching UF too, and his struggle is so real there! I wonder If I will continue to rewatch after hearing this news? T_T

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I literally just started watching UF and goblin last week ...

Am I up for heart break , and paranoia ?? ...

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praying for his speedy recovery!

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Wow. I feel for him and his family. I've been a fan since School 2013. Wow wow wow this week has been heaps of awful. It's only Wednesday ??

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I.... what. NPCA?! ???

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As a doctor, can you shed some more light on NPCA for us mere Beanies?

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Nasopharyngeal cancer is basically cancer that affects the area behind nose (nasal) at the upper throat (medical term is called pharynx) hence the name NasoPharyngeal Cancer or NPC for short. (I think Lessa refers to it as NPCA because the medical term for cancer is carcinoma?)

Fully agree with both her and ck1Oz that its one of the not so good cancers to get. (not that any cancer is good, but some are worse than others.)

Because of its location, it an area that is close to important structures like the base of the skull, brain (and pituitary) and eyes. Hence both radiotherapy and surgery can be complicated by injury to the surrounding structures. Essentially lots of important things are nearby. Also, NPC can recur, and then require major surgery that can be very disfiguring. Essentially, not a good condition to have.

But hopefully its really early, and the radiotherapy can catch all the tumour cells and he won't have side effects or complications and it won't come back again. Let's all pray!

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Thanks for breaking it down. I can see why this is definitely not a good cancer to have. I hope for the best for him and those who're supporting him through this difficult time.

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Thanks for explaining! Sorry to read this news about Kim Woo-bin the minute I logged onto DB, but here's wishing him a speedy recovery.

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radiation therapy patient here!
I must agree that getting cancer in the head/throat area is awful...he's gonna be really uncomfortable with treatment. Just receiving treatment overall is an intimidating experience, especially since he's probably wearing a mask to keep him in place and moorings in his wrists to keep his shoulders down...it also makes me cringe just remembering the difficulty swallowing, the awful taste of food, dry mouth, and now, months later, the frustration of not being able to taste almost anything.
I actually don't really follow his career and I'm not his biggest fan, but man, did this news hit me. Hopefully, he won't receive too many rounds and the cancer is stopped soon. Hoping he gets out of this a stronger person!

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Sorry to hear you've had to receive radiotherapy, @natzillagorilla ? I can only imagine how scary it feels! Hope you're recovered/on the way to recovery yourself. Sending lots of love your way too! x

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aw, thanks, @unatuna!! <3
I restart treatment in a couple of weeks, but in a different location so I'm not too upset about it. Besides, it's the last sprint!

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My grandfather had throat cancer, so I can imagine it a little... Sorry to hear you had to go through this too.

Have you recovered? Best health to you!

Kim Woo Bin, fighting!!

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My grandfather had throat cancer, so I can imagine it a little... Sorry to hear you had to go through this too.

Best health to you! And Kim Woo Bin, fighting!!

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@natzillagorilla *hug* sorry to hear about your struggles, but am very heartened that you sound very very positive and are on your way to beating the cancer! Take care! We beanies are always here if you need some support, a listening ear or just a cheer up! Hwaiting!!!

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@beanfan sorry to hear about your grandpa, it really is an uncomfortable place. I'm on my way to recovery, thank you :) I have a residue and that's why I'm restarting treatment, but I'm positive it'll be the last stretch!
@michykdrama aw, thank you so much! this warms my heart. I actually stopped watching dramas/coming to DB last year cause I was too dizzy, but now that I'm just waiting to restart treatment I find it to be such a nice distraction. Especially with this new dynamic and whatnot.
I am positive, yes! The residue is below my clavicle and near my armpit so it's way, way better than last time ^^
Again, thank you both for your warm words and wishes! <3<3

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I wish you all the best! Keep being positive and spreading good vibes. Praying for your quick recovery <3 @natzillagorilla

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I hope he will stay away from alcohol and find best nutritionist to stay healthy and eat healthyly

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What mitchykdrama said. ?

Sorry, I was doing rounds at the hospital it got too busy. ?

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Hwaiting babe! Figured you were busy, so I thought I'd just share some info. ? Hope tml is less hectic for you.

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I know. Good luck to him. Hope he beats it. For me some cancers are scarier than others and NPC is one of them. Blame it on working with GS ( Head and neck team ). Seriously hope he caught it early. Actor or not, cancer is a scary diagnosis. And he is so young...

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They said it was caught early enough for treatment.....somehow I don't like the sound of that...
I hope as well they found out about it when it was still in an early stage.

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The prognosis also depends on the cancer cell type.
But cancer in nasopharynx region is more dangerous compared to some cancers such as Breast and thyroid .
I Hope he gets well soon. Pray for the best.

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The only silver lining on this one is that Southeast Asia has a higher occurrence rate of NPC so they're hopefully on high alert to detect and treat it. It's never good to get a "rare" cancer, especially a difficult-to-treat one, but better to be diagnosed in an area where they're looking for it.

Still, worrying news all-round.

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I don't know what you are talking about. Korea is nowhere near Southeast Asia

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Korea is nowhere near in Southeast Asia, but NPC is most common in Asians and Pacific Islanders, so there is comparatively more expertise in the region on it than, say, in the West.

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Sigh. Korea is not IN Southeast Asia. But it is a hell of a lot closer to it than most of the rest of the globe. If a disease is likely to crop up next door (in a global sense) then doctors are more likely to look for it, purely based on exposure to immigrant and healthcare communities.

It's like plague in the US - it's known to crop up in the southwest (prairie dog vectors or something), so even though it's very rare docs are on high alert for the signs. Less so in the northeast.

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Yes, the example you gave is exactly why i'm stumped when you mentioned Southeast Asia out of the blue (As opposed to Northeast Asia or somewhere that is actually close to SK). The distance between Phoenix-Boston and Seoul-Bangkok are almost identical. So it's like saying doctors in Boston will be on high alert for symptoms of the plague because it is something that occurs rarely in Phoenix 3700km away.

But jam's explanation makes sense, if we are talking broadly in terms of genetics of the people in this part of the world.

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I mentioned Southeast Asia because it's got the highest incidence of NPC. That's all.

All in all, I think we're arguing about a concept of scale. You think "regionally" when applied in a hemispheric way is too broad; I think it's more likely a doctor in SK would've arrived faster at this diagnosis based on regional exposure than if they were in Europe, South America or North America, simply because NPC wouldn't be as high on the list of likely diagnoses in those places. SK isn't near to Southeast Asia compared to Japan, but it is compared to Brazil. The plague example is somewhat similar - plague is VANISHINGLY rare, so the halo of regional awareness would be to that scale - I'm talking contiguous states, not Boston. NPC is not as rare as plague and covers a wider area, so bigger regional halo. I'm not sure why scale has turned into such a flashpoint in this discussion?

Also, the genetics piece is curious because there's a fair amount of evidence out there that there's some odd non-genetic possibilities here, like risk increasing in populations where salted preserved foods make up a large portion of diet. Apparently NPC rates drop in Asians who move to the US, and they rise in Caucasians who move to China. That's interesting.

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Gosh. I didn't realise you guys went out on a tangent about NPC and where it is more common. Actually it's classically known to be most common in South China and Hong Kong; and has even been coined as a "Cantonese disease". Of course it's also found elsewhere but it isn't classically a South East Asian disease. I didn't correct @Miranda at the start because I didn't think it was important since this isn't a medical website but since it's become a topic of discussion I shall just clarify.
It also doesn't negate the points raised by Miranda though as certainly a disease that is more prevelant in the region would be more likely to be diagnosed earlier than one that is rare.

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Oh man its true then..i just heard it from my friend and logged in to check. Please God, make him healthy real soon

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Poor guy. Hope he will get better soon! As someone whose best friend also currently battles cancer, I know it will be hard, but he is so young and he can do this!

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This is so sad. I hope even after he recovers, amidst his busy schedule, he must still remember to constantly follow-up on check ups. Cancer is one SOB that won't let you go easily.

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Cancer sucks! My dad suffered laryngeal cancer and he was a non-smoker. It was also caught early on and had undergone therapy. Like you said it -"Cancer is one SOB that won't let you go easily." He did not make it since it metastasize to his lungs. I hope Woo Bin will be one of the lucky ones that will recover from this. Praying for a miracle and cure for all types of cancer.

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Hoping for a speedy recovery for him!

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Gosh. I suddenly thought of uncontrollably fond! He died there. I hope he gets well soon.. what a sad news..

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Oh no! Praying for his full recovery. My friend's mom was also diagnosed with the same type of cancer but thankfully she was diagnosed early and she's doing well now. Hoping the same for Kim Woo Bin.

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No no no! This is so terrible!

He will be alright! I don't want any reel to real shocker! Good thing it was caught in the early stages!

Sending good thoughts and warm wishes for a speedy recovery!

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OMG!!! I adore him. I hope it's treatable. I'm assuming they caught it early.

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This is sad ?? but i am hopong for your fast recovery ? get well soon ?

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Oh no. That's terrible. Glad they caught it quickly, and that he and his management are putting his health before work.

(I didn't finish Uncontrollably Fond -- for other reasons -- and I definitely won't be finishing it now.)

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Oh god.... this is a shocker.
Will pray for his speedy recovery.......
God bless him and all other such patients with health and strength.....

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ohmaygaddd...this is sad news. Praying for his recovery.....

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Wow, what an irony... Just a year ago he starred in Uncontrollably Fond and now he is in a similar situation.
But hey, he is receiving treatment, unlike Shin Joon Young, so he will get better. Right?
Praying for his recovery.

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He can and he will.

He is a really good actor I am sure he must have been screened last year 2016 and before filming UF in 2015 for basic health check ups and he got a clean bill of health. So that must mean they got it in stage 1 and he probably only started showing symptoms recently that made him and those that love him go for these specific tests for NPC etc.

So that is important his friends and family love him and he will make it and of course he has us - we had his back and we read his letter about UF's expectations and what fans wanted. And we don't care about what happened in UFs ratings because we cried every episode because Kim Woo Bin gave us that emotion and for that we look forward to all his future dramas and films.

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Oh no... I'm so sad.

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My heart skipped a beat when I saw his name on Twitter trending worldwide. My thoughts was, either he died or he got married.

Anyway, I was just so upset right now. He's my favorite, I've watched almost all of his work.

Woobin-shi, fighting ! *Sending you all my positive vibes*

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He's my favorite too! I saw the headline in allkpop thought it was a new drama/movie and was like why taking sad theme again like UF but then it's for real I couldn't believe it until read 3 articles. Fighting Woo-bin oppa!

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I hope he can get well soon since they say it is an early detection. But still this is so sad.

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Kim Woo-bin hwaiting!

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Horrible, terrible news!! This is a very sad news, I hope for a fast recovery for him! He is just too young!

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Oh no. This is a terrible news. In this case, life imitating art is just heartbreaking. Stay strong Woo Bin Oppa!

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OMG. This is terrible, I feel so sad, praying he'll get a full recovery!

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sending our prayers for his fast recovery...

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I don't think anyone is ever prepared to hear such terrible news. I can only imagine what he is feeling and going through.

This is so sad and this news is a shock to us all.

I wish Kim Woo-bin strength to fight this battle and all the best wishes for a full recovery.

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I hope people cut down their drinking and smoking habits. I come to know a lot of cancer types that I have never heard of from only following korean media!

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I am very sad to hear this.

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oh dear : ( ... time to stop smoking people. This is scary. I love KWB since 2013. Being young with bright future, the thing you want is being diagnose with cancer.

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From what I read somewhere else, this form of cancer is not seen as much in North America but is more common in men under 55 in South East China and other areas. It's also more common in people who have high salted fish and salter meats in their diets. Therefore, it could be genetic or lifestyle. Whatever the case, it's a life changer. I'm a young cancer survivor myself. I'm wishing for him to have the best possible healthy outcome.

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You're one of my favorites, Kim Woo Bin! Stay strong, you'll beat this!

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Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Been following his drama since School 2013, Park Heung Soo yaaaaaa

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Omona, even if he's not my favorite actor, I wouldn't wish the worst for him, just all the best! I hope he can recover soon and beat cancer.

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noooo... I stop reading at letter 'c' and literally cover my eyes.
UF feels floods my brainnn...
please, recover soon, woobin-ah...

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Please don't be sick :( :( We love you too much!

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...will include you in my prayers Kim Woo-bin...get well soon!!

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l almost died when l saw this post. Our favourite Oppah. NEver will l watch uncontrollably fond again

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I don't have words....UF just got real in the worst possible way!

Sending him.all my good wishes and positive energy! Please please please God let him get well soon!

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Oh boy please get well soon my oppa.i pray for your quick recovery

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This is terrible news!!! ?? Praying for his speedy recovery!!!

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I really hope he will recover. While they caught it early, cancer is no joke. All the best to Kim Woo-bin!

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??. . If it's going to be cancer for sure, why the hell should it be NPC??? ???. . Hope he overcomes this therapy and comes back double strong. . Let us just pray that he and his family to have strength to overcome this. .

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right??? I wish he had gotten cancer of the left pinky toe instead.

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Didn't Bob Marley die from cancer that started in his foot?

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Hope he will recover soon! Fighting!

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Oh dear! Talk about life imitating art! My most heartfelt prayers for a speedy recovery for him. I hope he gets the all clear soon. Amen.

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Incoherent thoughts.
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Sad. When my sister told me, I told her its just a show. Then I googled and the news hit me.
Get well soon!

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Almost same, I googled him to find movie info and on top of his wikipedia info was this strip that had 3 articles on his diagnosis. I couldn't believe it, I was like is this one of those write ups for an actor that got confused with real life. And then I came to dramabeans for clarification. Weeps, I cried every episode of UF.

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This is so heartbreaking. Wishing him a smooth and speedy recovery.

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It's a sad, sad, sad day. I woke up with news about my country under terrorists invasion and now this. Oh man. *joins the prayer circle*

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This isn't the type of news I wanted to wake up to. Poor Woo Bin. I hope his treatment goes well and he gets better soon.

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I'm sending all my prayers and well wishes your way oppa! Get well soon! *Hwaiting*

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