Five years on he was so weakened by the rare condition, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, that he felt on the verge of death.
Now after years of mistletoe jabs, the ex-Surrey batsman feels on top of the world.
"I'm still able to play golf three times a week. Without the mistletoe I don't think I would be here," the Mirror quoted him as saying.
His GP in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Dr Stefan Geider, and Aberdeen University cancer specialist Prof Steven Heys now plan tests to see if extracts from the "kissing plant" boost the immune system of cancer sufferers.
Dr Geider said patients in Germany had also shown huge improvements, adding, "from the results I've got, the injections give people a better quality of life."