‘I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire, because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘He thinks it’s what is best for me and I can’t really risk trying to come back, my health is the priority.
‘I want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things with my life in danger, it’s the minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family.
‘It’s not really set in since speaking to the doctor. In time I can have a good look back, it’s been incredible for me personally to have been at Wolves from 14 to 31 – playing for just one club is something I’m proud of.
‘It’s nice to have been a one club man because it’s rare these days. I’m proud that I can always come back to Wolverhampton and always have friends here, and be loved, it’s incredible.’
After the announcement Ikeme tweeted, he said: ‘Thank you for the support over the years . My last day as a footballer. But one I am happy and great full for !!! (sic) Thanks to everyone to do with @wolves and everyone in football I have met.’