My Cancer Fight by Stephen Fry; Star Says He's Lucky to Be Here after Life-Saving Operation ?Routine Trip to Gp for Flu Jab Ended in Prostate Diagnosis Fry: You Don't Think Cancer Will Strike You

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My Cancer Fight by Stephen Fry; Star Says He's Lucky to Be Here after Life-Saving Operation ?Routine Trip to Gp for Flu Jab Ended in Prostate Diagnosis Fry: You Don't Think Cancer Will Strike You


Byline: Robert Dex and Sophia Sleigh

STEPHEN FRY today revealed he spent two months fighting prostate cancer.

The TV star, 60, said he had surgery in January and is "bloody lucky" as the disease "doesn't seem to have spread".

This morning he tweeted a 12-minute video with the caption: "For the last two months I've been in the throes of a rather unwelcome and unexpected adventure. I'm sorry I haven't felt able to talk about it till now, but here I am explaining what has been going on."

In the video, the actor, writer and comedian described how he went for a flu jab before Christmas and had a health check at the same time, leading to a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

He said: "Cancer is a word that rings in your head. 'I've got cancer,' I kept saying to myself good heavens. You're not supposed to get cancer. I know it's a cliche but you don't think it's going to happen to you, cancer is something that happens to other people."

He said he was offered the options of radiotherapy or having his prostate removed. The star, who decided to remove 11 lymph nodes as well, described the surgery as "a bit of a business" that involved "sending little robots in through tiny Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 holes in the stomach." He said: "There are five holes punched in, I suppose it's like being stabbed five times.

"Admittedly you are asleep and it's all very antiseptic and hygienic unlike in the street. But it's to the body all the same and a rather traumatic affect. You think you are going to recover really well but it takes longer than it might and all pretty undignified and unfortunate."

Fry, who married comedian Elliott Spencer in January 2015, said: "My family and divine darling husband of course were just marvellous and those few friends who have known have been discreet and quiet about it. …

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