The diagnosis was confirmed in a statement by his club , Wolves who has also expressed their support for the 31-year – old .
The club said , Ikeme will start an immediate course of chemotherapy as he begins a lengthy battle against the disease .
“ It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl ’ s diagnosis, ” said Wolves ’ Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple .
“ That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within the group .
“ At the same time , we all know what a fighter and a competitor Carl is, and I have no doubt that he will take all of those attributes into this battle .
“ Similarly , its goes without saying that Carl and his family will receive the full love and support that we at Wolves can provide – we are all with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery .
“ There are going to be some very tough times ahead , but he will receive the best possible care , aided and supported by our own club doctor and medical team, as he embarks on the lengthy process of treatment .
“ We are speaking to Carl regularly, and sending him our very best wishes as he comes to terms with this news and starts his recovery. ”