British Actor Stephen Fry Reveals He Is Recovering From Aggressive Prostate Cancer

He was diagnosed last year.


23 February 2018

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Overnight, legendary British actor and comedian, Stephen Fry, revealed that he is now recovering from "aggressive" prostate cancer.

In a video published on his website, he explained that he received his diagnosis just before Christmas last year and a full health check revealed that he had high levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

A follow-up MRI confirmed that Stephen was suffering from prostate cancer.

He said he was offered radiotherapy, a “long and difficult process”, or to have his prostate removed.

Stephen said that he chose to have the surgery and his prostate was removed in January.

He explained in the video that the doctors found 11 lymph nodes in his prostate and that the surgery went well, however it was not pleasant.

"It all seemed to go pretty well.

"They took the prostate out, they took out 11 lymph nodes.

"The various bits that were taken out were examined and it turned out I had a Gleason score of nine, and considering 10 is the maximum, it was clearly an aggressive little bugger.

"It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that.

"There are five holes punctured in you, it’s like being stabbed five times … to the body, it’s the same traumatic effect.

"It’s all pretty undignified and unfortunate."

The 60-year-old is now recovering from the surgery but will require ongoing health checks.

"… if there’s anything left on the bed of the prostate where they’ve taken it out, it may have spread and I’ll have to get radiotherapy and the whole damn thing will start again.

"But for the moment I’m fit and well and happy."

Stephen is well-known for his role in the British comedy show Blackadder and his comedy partnership with Hugh Laurie.

He is also a successful broadcaster, author and presenter.

You can watch his full video below and we hope he has a smooth recovery.

 

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