Pele transferred to palliative care after no longer responding to chemotherapy

Pele has been moved in hospital
Pele has been moved in hospital / Marc Piasecki/GettyImages

Brazilian icon Pele has been transferred to palliative care after doctors discovered that he was no longer responding to chemotherapy.

Pele has been receiving treatment for bowel cancer and was recently diagnoses with a respiratory infection during his latest spell in hospital, although he was soon stabilised in relation to the infection and could continue treatment on the cancer.

According to Folha de Sao Paulo, chemotherapy was no longer having any positive effects on Pele and the decision was made to transfer the 82-year-old to palliative care, where he is receiving comforting measures for his shortness of breath and pain.

He remains in hospital while he undergoes treatment for the respiratory infection.

"The response [to the antibiotics for the infection] has been adequate and the patient is stable with a general improvement in his health," a hospital statement read.

Pele has been active on social media during the World Cup, cheering on Brazil and attempting to reassure fans about his health.

"Friends, I'm in the hospital doing my monthly visit," he posted on Instagram. "It's always good to receive positive messages like this.

"Thanks to Qatar for this tribute, and to everyone who sends me good vibes!"